Transforming Teaching, Education, and Learning (T-TEL) on Wednesday, July 7, 2021, turn a year old after operating officially as a Ghanaian-owned Non-Governmental Organization (NGO). In our local Ghanaian parlance, T-TEL will be called “Kwabena T-TEL” for being birthed on Tuesday, July 7, 2020.
T-TEL’s establishment as an NGO came about following the completion of the Transforming Teacher and Learning programme which was a six-year 25 million Government of Ghana programme funded by DFID by Cambridge Education.
This piece will not delve into the old T-TEL but rather take a look at the work done so far within the one year of operations as an NGO and possibly suggest areas T-TEL should consider venturing into in other to complement the projects they undertook in the past years.
The Impact So Far
It will be nearly impossible to outline all the achievements or works of T-TEL within its one year of operations. We will however touch on key areas that are worthy of mention.
T-TEL’s mission is to become a leading supplier of educational technical assistance for improving learning outcomes and greater productivity. T-TEL also aims at harnessing local talent and expertise to enable Ghana’s education system to reach greater heights.
Some of the achievements listed below probably took place before the launch of the new T-TEL. However, it is worthy to note that the new T-TEL continued and saw the implementation and completion of some of the achievements listed. T-TEL within a year of operation has:
- Successfully launched and implemented the Colleges of Education Management Information System (CEMIS). Despite the challenges Colleges of Education are faced with it in the rollout of CEMIS, the project is aimed at ultimately supporting policy formulation, analysis, planning, monitoring, and evaluation of issues relating to the Colleges of Education.
- Has supported Students teachers in the rollout of Virtual Learning in all the 46 public Colleges of Education in the country following the closure of schools in March 2020 due to the outbreak of the Novel COVID-19. A total of 2,750 Smartphones and 4,750 SD-Cards loaded with study materials were distributed to trainee teachers. Mott MacDonald Ltd signed a contract with the Mastercard Foundation to the value of $719,250 to enable T-TEL to work in partnership with NCTE (as it then was), to ensure that as many student teachers as possible benefited from the virtual learning conducted by Colleges of Education.
- Supported about 1,900 participants including Tutors from Colleges of Education, Staff of the 5 Universities that the 46 Colleges of Education are affiliated to, T-TEL officials, NCTE (as it then was) officials, and National Accreditation Board (as it then was) staff to receive training from the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences for a certificate course in Online Education Training. The online training helped the Tutors and other participants to acquire the requisite knowledge and skill required to deliver lessons online. It also exposed participants to different E-Learning tools that can be used to deliver lessons online.
- Setup offices in the 5 mentoring universities. The offices help to facilitate the work of T-TEL and the universities in supervising the affiliated universities.
- Supporting government to draw the new Secondary Education programme under T-SHEL. Transforming Senior High School Education, Teaching and Learning (T-SHEL) is a Government of Ghana programme implemented in partnership with the Mastercard Foundation. The programme aims to achieve an extensive and sustainable transformation in the quality and relevance of Ghana’s Senior High School (SHS) system. T-SHEL seeks to ensure that every SHS graduate in Ghana is equipped with the subject knowledge, analytical and critical thinking skills and attitudes needed to progress to further studies or successfully enter the world of work.
- Rollout the DeliverEd project. It is a research project funded by FCDO and implemented in partnership with the University of Oxford’s Blavatnik School of Government and University of Toronto. This research seeks to build an evidence base on how governments in four countries including Ghana can use delivery approaches to achieve their policy priorities, improve learning outcomes and support leaders in the delivery of education reforms. In Ghana, T-TEL is working in partnership with the Institute of Educational Planning and Administration (IEPA) to conduct qualitative research in five districts and ten schools to understand how districts and schools plan their work and manage performance. The research findings will help provide valuable information to enable decision-makers understand the extent to which national policies have an impact on teachers and students.
- Rollout internship programmes for young teachers to get themselves acquainted with the work of T-TEL.
The Way Forward
Going forward, we would like to urge T-TEL under the leadership of its Executive Director – Mr. Robin Todd, and its Board Chair – Prof. Jophus Anamuah-Mensah to advise the government and other relevant stakeholders on the following:
To improve physical infrastructure in the Colleges of Education. The current situation is deplorable vis-à-vis increased pressure of enrollment due to the “Free SHS Policy”. More so, the current inadequate infrastructure need a facelift in all the public Colleges of Education
- Blended Mode of Instruction:
The current blending learning approach is not helping the teaching of methodology which is the fulcrum of teacher education. There is therefore a need to modify the academic calendar to enable student teachers to have enough face-to-face lectures as compared to Virtual Learning. To say student teachers as seriously complaining about the blended mode of instruction is an understatement. The reasons have been overemphasized.
- MoU with Mentoring Universities:
That the mentoring universities honour their part of the MoU they signed with the Colleges. There is no gainsaying that some of the mentoring universities have reneged on specifically performing their part of the bargain aside from concentrating on the pecuniary aspects.
- Future of Colleges of Education:
That all Colleges of Education are properly and equally reformed to either become fully-fledged universities or fully absorbed by their affiliated universities after the mentoring period.
- Staff Turnover:
Advice government to address the high rate of attrition in the Colleges of Education to enable the Colleges to maintain their existing seasoned staff. No need here to accentuate the reasons.
It is worthy of note that as a fully-fledged Ghanaian non-governmental organization, the T-TEL has come to stay to contribute to the general growth and development of the education section. It is our conviction that this agenda is carried to its favourable expectation to improve human development in Ghana.
To this end, we wish you a happy first anniversary and it is our hope that a year from now, we will count more achievements on the impact made in Ghana’s educational sector.
Happy anniversary to everyone at the T-TEL office – Todd, Sam, Beryl, Bernice, Hannah, Marjorie, Abdul, etc. Cheers to more Success!!!
A reminder though – A beautiful bird from one of the Colleges of Education whispered into my ears to remind T-TEL on the delay in receiving their PD Manuals.
Larry K. Agbador, Editor-In-Chief;
Clement Kantam Kolamong, Managing Editor;
Colleges of Education Weekly Journal