A two-day capacity building workshop to strengthen the competencies of administrative professionals of Colleges of Education for the effective implementation of the new teacher education curriculum in the country, has ended in Kumasi.
“Transforming Teacher Education and Learning (T-TEL) in Ghana” – a programme of the government, being sponsored and facilitated by the United Kingdom (UK) Aid, would fund the successful implementation of the four year Bachelor of Education (B.Ed) degree programme.
The workshop was held at the “Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology” (KNUST).
It targeted affiliate Colleges of Education of KNUST, including the Wesley, Akrokerri, St. Joseph, Atebubu, Tamale and EP Colleges of Education.
The Ministry of Education and its agencies together with other stakeholders, receiving support from T-TEL, initiated a consultative process to reform the teacher education sector in Ghana about four years ago.
This has led to the design and roll-out of a new and innovative teacher education curriculum across all 46 public Colleges of Education.
Additionally, a number of interventions and policies have been facilitated to ensure that the teacher training institutions produce quality and well qualified teachers.
Professor Imoro Braimah (Provost of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences- KNUST), said the administrative staff played critical roles in the running of the teacher-trainee institutions.
This underscored the need for them to be equipped with the requisite institutional knowledge and to be abreast with the administrative systems which are vital requirements for the successful implementation of any new policy.
Prof. Braimah said the new curriculum for the four-year Bachelor of Education (B.Ed) degree programme, sought to advance the new direction for teacher education in the country.
Stakeholders, therefore ought to make meaningful inputs, while working together to realize expected results to enhance educational development and growth.
Dr. Winston Abroampa (Dean of the Faculty of Educational Studies, KNUST), indicated that the educational reform was at its critical stage.
This called for increased education and orientation of major stakeholders, including vice principals, secretaries, quality assurance officers, librarians and public relations officers of the various Colleges of Education.
The Dean hinted that the Faculty was developing programmes that would run on modular basis to build capacities of both faculty members and those in Colleges of Education, who do not have educational-based competencies, to qualify them to teach.
He advocated improvement in teacher education to help prepare and produce trainees who were adequately prepared for the contemporary teaching environment.
The two-day programme was under the theme “Managing Colleges of Education in the 21st Century: the Role of Administrative Professionals.”
Participants were taken through various topics including strategic leadership and change management in the college, organization of effective college ceremonies, writing memos and position papers, teaching and learning in digital age and total quality management in the college.