Cancel Colleges of Education uniform policy- Africa Education Watch told government
Africa Education Watch’s Executive Director Mr. Kofi Asare calls for the cross out of the Colleges of Education school uniform policy.
Speaking at a conference on 4th June 2022, he echoed his requests to the government saying that the policy that mentioned the wearing of school uniforms should be crossed out.
Mr. Kofi Asare added that collegians wearing uniform only paints a perfect picture of Senior High School (SHS) student unlike the intended intention behind the college uniform therefore it must be cancelled.
The conference’s topic for discussion was “Sustaining the Boarding System of Education In Ghana’s College of Education.”
The Executive Director Mr. Kofi Asare during his speech had reference to the failure of government’s lost of interest in upgrading the accommodation facilities of the 46 Colleges of Education in the country.
He further stressed that Colleges of Education have been upgraded to but the necessary needs have not been provided to support and deliver the meant intention behind the upgrade.
Also, he said between the period of passing the CoE Act 847 in 2012 and 2018 till date, colleges remind the same, no improvement in accommodation and facilities that can champion the course the have mounted.
He praised the step taken by the Minister of Education to provide three hundred (300) bed hostels for each of the 46 Colleges of Education.
To fund for the above project, he said
“I urge College of Education Principals to lead in negotiating the scrapping of the feeding allowance and use the GH¢170,000,000 spent annually on that intervention to support the construction of hostels since GETFund was not a reliable source.”
Mr. Asare told the Principals and Student leadership to consider engaging the Ministry of Education on an effective loan system for teacher trainees which will replace the exiting feeding grant system that lasted over years.
It is his wish that Principals will negotiate for hostels and modern facilities which will address the accommodation challenge instead of feeding allowance.
Finally, he summed up his speech with a word of encouragement geared towards diversifying the mode of instruction in the Colleges of Education (CoE).
He mentioned that they should engage the heads in other for them to consider introduce a Distance Learning Programmes that can cater for the same regular intention because, the boarding system is expensive and can’t be afforded by some Ghanaians.