About Sandwich And Distance Teacher Education.
Sandwich teacher education refers to education where learners move into institutions of study during vacation when the regular or full-time students are not in residence while teachers themselves are on holidays.
Think of it as a piece of bread that has been sliced to create a space in the middle. This program makes use of this space.
A distance programme on the other hand is an educational programme which an individual undertakes with occasional face-to-face contact with the lecturers.
Learners do much of the learning independently. Their materials are designed in a way that makes students feel as if the lecturers are standing right in front of them. They sometimes employ internet technology and other mediums for it’s efficiency.
For the purposes of teacher professional development, Sandwich education Programmes offer opportunities for teachers to continue their development while still in the classroom. This is because they only move to the campuses/study centers during school vacation holidays, since the programme is sandwiched between the end of academic year (second semester) and the first semester of the following academic year.
During this period, institutions of higher learning (Universities) are on break (summer break) and teachers can participate in the Learning Programmes and return before the next academic year begins. In the University of Education, Winneba (UEW), University of Cape coast (UCC) and other universities, duration of the sandwich varies, depending on the programme of study.
The sandwich/ Distance programme has got a lot of merits. Some of these are;
- The teacher remains in the classroom and does not have to be replaced.
The teacher does not need to physically relocate (especially when school is in session) in order to participate in this further education module.
The same can be said about the distance mode too.
However, there are conditions attached to all GES employees seeking future studies through this modes.
And all GES staff who are yet to or are currently pursuing their further studies through either the sandwich or distance mode are therefore expected to abreast themselves with these conditions as stipulated by their employer (GES).
- Apply for Approval from the Director General- GES through the District/Municipal/Metropolitan to the Regional Office and to the Headquarters.
To be approved, you must have served satisfactorily on the current rank for a minimum of three (3) years before qualifying for a sandwich or distance programme.
Applicant serving in areas designated as deprived would get approval after two (2) years of service.
Eschew the use of instructional time for course work or study assignments.
There is no guarantee of an upgrade if the programme is not relevant to GES approved courses, the teacher’s schedule, and national budget allocation.