By Francis Ameyibor, GNA
Koforidua, July 11, GNA – The Transforming Teacher Education and Learning (T-TEL) team has intensified efforts to provide facelift to Colleges of Education (CoE) through numerous capacity building activities in preparation towards the roll-out of a new Bachelor of Education curriculum in September 2018.
As part of multiple levels of support to Colleges of Education, T-TEL launched the Challenge Fund to reward and promote innovative practices in teaching, learning and management practices of CoEs.
Mrs Noshie Iddisah T-TEL Funds Component Key Advisor told the Ghana News Agency on the sidelines of the End of Project Learning Event at Koforidua on Wednesday that through, the fund GHC2.5 million was disbursed to 31 Colleges of Education across the country.
She said the fund managers had created the end of project event as a common platform for sharing key lessons, showcasing achievements and exploring opportunities for taking best practices and results forward in their institutions and within the teacher education sector as a whole.
Mrs Iddisah noted that the T-TEL project sought to harness the energy and expertise of stakeholders across the teacher education sector, with T-TEL incentivising innovation, inclusion, best practice and results ensuring Ghana had high quality student teachers ready to teach and inspire and young people to lead the country’s progress and prosperity.
She said T-TEL comes at a critical moment for education in Ghana as the government and stakeholders were determined to address poor learning outcomes and recognised that teaching was both a barrier and a solution to progress.
She explained that the current education policy environment provided a platform for improving the core and technical skills of teachers, enabling the new policy framework for Pre-Tertiary Teacher Professional Development and Management to be implemented.
“Colleges of Education are already doing great work. They are ready to lead educational transformation in our nation. The future is bright and the possibilities are exciting.
“As a Government of Ghana programme T-TEL is providing continuous technical and funding support for the implementation of the new bachelor of education curriculum for training teachers,” she said.
Under the initiatives, T-TEL has been working with Universities to provide Continuous Professional Development support to enable all lecturers and tutors to understand all aspects of the new curriculum and deliver it effectively.
It has also focused on strengthening partnerships between partner schools and Colleges of Education, guided by a new School Partnerships Policy- to ensure that experienced teachers are effectively mentoring student teacher.
It provides support to all Colleges of Education to enable them to upgrade the qualifications of their tutors, within a four year transitional period, to meet the minimum requirements of the National Council for Tertiary Education (NCTE)
It also Supports Colleges to achieve their organisational objectives and development plans through a Payment By Results (PBR) approach, providing funding for Colleges of Education to use as they see it fit to improve their infrastructure and learning environment.
T-TEL Ghana is a four-year Government of Ghana Programme supported by the UK Department for International Development (DFID), through an investment of £17 million.
T-TEL is supporting the country’s 46 public Colleges of Education on their path to becoming tertiary “centres of excellence” and producing high quality teaching graduates who can ensure our children succeed at school.
Mr Daniel AlimoT-TEL Funds Officer also explained that from October this year all new entrants to the teaching profession will be required to study Bachelors of Education degrees offered by Colleges of Education, initially in affiliation with the University of Cape Coast and after one year of implementation with other public Universities.
He said the curriculum offered in these Colleges of Education would represent a significant departure from previous practices.