The Minister of State in Charge of Tertiary Education, Prof. Kwesi Yankah says the arrangement for students of Colleges of Education in Ghana to be awarded degrees will be rolled out with new entrants of the Colleges.
Government says all the 43 Public Colleges of Education in the country will be turned into satellite campuses of public universities. Colleges of Education will therefore be degree awarding Institutions.
The colleges will be shared among the public universities which offer education programmes. The idea is that all teachers in Ghana are trained as graduates.
The Minister of State in charge of Tertiary Education, Professor Kwesi Yankah explained in an interview with Theophilius Sosi on the Atlantic Wave that the decision to turn all colleges of Education into satellite campuses of universities is part of recommendation of a special committee set up to look at special areas in the tertiary education sector.
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Foso College of Education is one of the many colleges across the country to be converted into satelite campuses
He says the colleges will remain where they are, yet be part of the super structure of a public University. He says the relevant stakeholders are working out the necessary arrangements to ensure a successful implementation of the initiative adding that the initiative will apply to new entrants to the Colleges of Education.
“They will remain wherever they are; they do not need to be moved physically into the space of the public institutions. So that you are in College of Education in Tamale, Wa, Ho among others but at the same time you are part of the University Campus.
In other words, you are a college of that institution belonging to the super structure of that college. But more importantly, you are relying on the facilities of your bigger University to ensure that the quality of teaching that is found in the degree awarding institution would be shared to the Colleges of the Universities so that when they complete the will no longer have diplomas but also be awarded degrees”. He explained.
Asked whether the entry requirements of the Colleges of Education will change or be maintained with the new arrangements, Prof. Kwesi Yankah said,
“It’s just a way of lifting higher the quality of education. So that is the idea and the details of this are being worked out. It will mean that this will be applied to those who are entering the Colleges of Education afresh and those who are already there will have to be given top-up if they so wish to obtain degrees. Those details are gradually being worked out with the relevant stakeholders.”
Prof. Kwesi Yankah
“If you are a University, of course you will need to abide by the laid down NCTU requirements for admission to University. Yes that will necessarily change. If you so wish to attain a degree, you should then go by the requirements of the degree. If you are already in it and you are working towards a diploma in the respective College of Education, then you need to get a top up in order to get a degree and so on. And for the teachers within the Colleges of Education; the on-going process of capacity building or being supported to move from MPhil to PHD so that they will be qualified to teach in the university, that process will still be going on.”
Source: ATL FM News