The Institute of Education at the University of Cape Coast has held a two day workshop for Vice Principals and Assessment Officers of the various colleges of Education in the country.
The workshop is an annual programme aimed at discussing issues affecting the various colleges of education in the country and find lasting solutions to them.
This year, the key element featured prominently for discussion in the workshop which was held at the University of Cape Coast, is the implementation of the newly introduced B.Ed. programme in the Colleges of Education.
The director of the Institute of Education, Prof. Frederick Ocansey giving the purpose of the workshop
The workshop examined issues and content implementation of the programme, identified challenges that are likely to be encountered in the new programme and in consensus find solutions to them.
Speaking to ATL FM NEWS in an exclusive interview, the Provost of the College of Education Studies, Professor Eric Magnus Wilmot said, the workshop was necessary because once the programme takes full swing, UCC’s relationship with the various colleges of education were going to change. As a result, he explained, there is the need to meet with the colleges and together plan ahead, so that the implementation process it challenges may be minimized.
Provost of the College of Education studies, Prof. Eric magnus wilmot welcoming participants
“Our role is changing. Now we are supporting the colleges to run a four year degree program because the policy has been made that one needs a first degree to teach in Ghana. We have plans to give top ups to those who have already completed to get a degree. These colleges are supposed to be our partners. We are mentoring and supporting them to roll out a four year program. The roles are a bit different because previously we were controlling their curriculum and assessment but now we are working together with them to make sure the curriculum is implemented” he concluded.
Contrary to speculations that the University of Cape Coast is not happy with the upgrade of the Colleges of Education to University Colleges because they were going to lose their sole supervisory role of all the colleges in Ghana, Prof Wilmot described it as false, saying, the new policy is rather welcoming as it will expose teacher education to diverse teaching mode depending on the institutions that mentors them, making teacher education more viable for national development.
He said “I don’t see any rifts. We need to understand what is happening because the ministry has made a decision that all the five major universities that are partakers in teacher education will have some colleges affiliated to them to mentor. So University of Cape Coast, University of Education, KNUST, University of Ghana and UDS. I don’t see any conflicts. For the first year the UCC curriculum is being used for the first batch and hopefully it will be used with them till they complete”.
According to him, he was “quite certain by the time the second batch comes, the collages would have been shared among the five major universities who will then mentor them separately. So each university will have their curriculum. The differences are okay because it helps us to learn from each other. UCC has a perspective, UEW has a perspective so over time we will cross pollinate which will give more room for improvement”.
Source: KOJO DEI/ATL FM NEWS