The Ministry of Education is offering various courses ranging from certificate to M.A level with a view to upgrading the quality of education and the competence of teachers, according to Mr. Tedros Sium, director of the human resource development branch in the Ministry.
Noting that short-term courses have been offered to teachers during the summer season, he indicated that a one-year certificate course was given to a total of 1500 teachers, out of whom 600 are females in the 2008/2009 academic year in their respective work places.
Mr. Tedros further pointed out that distance-learning program from diploma to M.A. level is being offered to over 170 staff members working in different positions of the Ministry through the collaboration of a German university. Also in 2009, the instructors from that university would personally come here for teaching the courses, he added.
Stating that such a course is aimed at promoting the nation’s student-centered curriculum, besides creating conducive ground for teachers to exchange experiences, Mr. Tedros indicted that the course is being given to teachers from all parts of the country.
Moreover, he pointed out that English language lessons would be provided in the evening hours in Asmara, Mendefera, Massawa, Barentu and Keren in a bid to upgrade teacher’s fluency in the language. The future action program of the branch would focus on offering various distance-learning courses in collaboration with local and foreign colleges and universities, in addition to creating conducive ground for teachers who score passing grade to continue higher college education, he elaborated.