On Thursday, 22nd October 2020, Transforming Teacher Education and Learning (T-TEL) in partnership with the National Council for Tertiary Education (NCTE) held the 2020 T-TEL Project Learning Event at the NCTE Conference Hall.
The objective of the Project Learning Event was aimed at understanding the transformative changes in pre-service teacher education which T-TEL has helped Ghana’s 46 public Colleges of Education to achieve since 2015. The event also focused on celebrating the progress which Ghana’s teacher education system has made in rapidly transitioning to Emergency Remote Teaching & Learning since March 2020 whilst appreciating the evidence which suggests that it is not as effective as face-to-face learning. Key among issues dealt into was also the need to recognize the important progress which the National Council for Tertiary Education (NCTE) and Ghana’s public Colleges of Education have made in promoting Gender Equality & Social Inclusion (GESI) and to identify areas where further improvement is still required.
Present at the event were Heads of Ministry of Education Agencies, Development partners, Principals of the 46 public Colleges of Education together with their College Secretaries and IT Officers, CETAG and CENTSAG National Executives, University representatives, Key Education Stakeholders, Teacher Education Unions, Teachers and Student teachers.
In his welcome note, Prof. Mohammed Salifu, Executive Secretary of the National Council for Tertiary Education (NCTE) thanked all who have been involved in the transformation of teaching and learning in Ghana.
He further noted that “NCTE will be working closely with all teacher education colleagues after the Learning Event to implement the recommendations that will emerge from the evidence produced by T-TEL on teacher education”.
Addressing delegates at the event, Prof. Kwesi Yankah, Minister of State in-charge of Tertiary Education stated that “Teacher Education in Ghana has been truly transformed in ways we could only have imagined back in 2014. All 46 public Colleges of Education, the National Council for Tertiary Education, the National Teaching Council, the National Accreditation Board, the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment, the National School Inspectorate Authority, the Ghana Education Service, the five mentoring universities, T-TEL and all others involved in Ghana’s teacher education sector present here should be proud of what has been achieved”.
The Minister further added that “the T-TEL programme has been a game changer in our education space. Clearly, policies and new institutional responsibilities and processes have been the backbone of this change, but the individuals who have played their part and have shown commitment and embraced collaboration even when it seemed hard, have been the lifeblood that has propelled us to this moment. Many of them are here today. The ability of the sector, with support from T-TEL, to discuss, to collaborate and to adapt is something we will continue to learn from as efforts to delivering high quality teacher education moves forward. Government is fully committed to continue supporting efforts to consolidate and continue this progress. It is a story of Ghana’s own making and I hope it continues to inspire others on the continent”.
The T-TEL Team Leader, Mr. Robin Todd in his address reflected on the transformational changes which has taken place across the teacher education system over the past few years. He indicated that these changes, encapsulated in the Cabinet Memorandum on Teacher Education Reform of 28th September 2017, could not have been foreseen when T-TEL began back in 2014 and we must thank the UK Government’s Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) for their flexibility and responsiveness in supporting the Government of Ghana on this journey. These changes have been big and they have been swift with the introduction of the new Bachelor of Education degree in Initial Teacher Education delivered by 46 public Colleges of Education affiliated to 5 mentoring universities being at the centre of the reforms.
On the future of T-TEL, Mr. Robin Todd stated that “I am also very pleased and proud that, in July 2020, Transforming Teaching, Education & Learning (T-TEL) was formally registered as a Ghanaian not-for-profit company limited by guarantee. The new T-TEL aims to provide high quality technical advice, project management, research and implementation support services and is a proudly Ghanaian organisation which will utilise local talent and expertise to enable our education system to reach greater heights. T-TEL’s first Board Chair is Professor Jophus Anamuah-Mensah whilst Sister Elizabeth Amoako-Arhen is the Vice Chair, two individuals who have played a key role in the teacher education reforms described in the paragraphs above. It is my belief and hope that this ‘new’ T-TEL will become an important part of Ghana’s educational landscape in years to come and, God willing, by the end of 2020, with Mastercard Foundation support, we will have commenced the job of extending the reforms which have taken place in Ghana’s basic schools across all Senior High Schools (SHS) and universities which train SHS teachers”.
Source: News Desk, Colleges of Education Weekly Journal