The Institute of Educational Planning and Administration (IEPA) of University of Cape Coast has organized a colloquium on the theme “21st Century Skills for Educational Administration”.
The program, which was held yesterday, aimed at creating a platform for participants to explore real expectations of educational leaders and the requisite skills to effectively practice as educational administrators, managers and planners.
Contributing to a panel discussion at the program, the Pro Vice Chancellor of University of Cape Coast, Prof George K.T Oduro said the 21st century educational administrator must have a national character, be creative, able to make learning the centre of what the school does and finally must develop listening skills.
Emphasizing on creativity, the Pro Vice Chancellor noted educational administrators in the 21st century must be able to explore and come up with ideas that can positively impact the educational system in the country.
He says since the role of education in the country cannot be over emphasized, it is important that new concepts are produced towards education in the country.
He added, “The 21st century education must be directed towards creativity that will make the learner the centre of activity. In this sense, we will be moving from focus of teaching to focus of learning which will create more avenues for the learner to explore”.
On the same platform, a former Headteacher of Mfantsipim School in Cape Coast, Mr. Koame M. Edjah said education will go a long way to enhance development if people are trained to acquire the requisite skills at the level when they are not administrators. He believes this will provide an avenue to involve students in acquiring more knowledge.
“We have to start giving training to people not when they become heads. I think that when you get to the administrative level, there should be in-service training, workshop and other things on these 21st century skills and other things. I’m sure by the time they assume the leadership roles, they are going to practice what they have learnt and what they have acquired”, he said.
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