Ghana makes history as the first batch of students graduates from Colleges of Education, Full Details

Ghana makes history as the first batch of students graduates from Colleges of Education

Ghana makes history as the first batch of students graduates from Colleges of Education, Full Details

Ghana for the first time in its educational history produces its first Bachelor of Education (B.Ed) cohort from the 46 accredited public Colleges of Education.

The initial Bachelor of Education teachers graduating from the various colleges of education meet the National Teachers’ Standards and are well prepared to deliver the standards-based curriculum which was officially implemented across the country in 2019. This is the first major milestone in Ghana’s ambition to become a learning nation.

B.Ed curriculum implementors are very confident that these new Bachelor of Education teachers will make a great positive impact on learning outcomes in our school system in the years to come.

As the world honors teachers on World Teachers’ Day, Ghana’s celebration coincides with the imminent graduation of the first batch of B.Ed. student teachers from the Colleges of Education.

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This historic achievement is part of measures taken by the country to drive professional teaching and to join the select community of nations across the globe who are requiring a Bachelor’s degree as a minimum qualification for entry into the teaching profession.

The Chronology and transformation to B.Ed. Colleges of Education, which were known as Teacher Training Colleges, had until 2007 run various pre-service teacher education programs in a collective effort to prepare the saas dedicated and competent teachers who are inspirational and aspirational to teach in the Ghanaian classroom.

Ghana has, over the years, run these pre-service teacher education programs i.e., a 2-year Post-Middle Certificate ‘B’, a 4-year Post-Middle Certificate ‘A’, and a 3-year Post-Secondary Certificate ‘A’ program,e and other Modular tailored forms of training.

The government realized that there were issues with learning outcomes in the basic school system because of the way the entire pre-service teacher education was structured and delivered.

This provided the basis to focus and transform education delivery around producing teachers who, among others, are lifelong learners and able to respond to the changing needs of learners.

In 2004, following a comprehensive review of the educational system, 38 Teacher Training Colleges were upgraded into Diploma-awarding institutions and affiliated with the University of Cape Coast, our premier teacher-training University.

In 2014, the Transforming Teacher Education & Learning (T-TEL) program was designed and launched by the Government of Ghana and UK Aid with the mandate to work with the National Council for Tertiary Education, now Ghana Tertiary Education Commission (GTEC) and all 46 public Colleges of Education (CoEs) to deliver far-reaching reforms to improve the quality of pre-service teacher education.

This led to the development of a new teacher education curriculum fit for the 21st century and intended to ultimately give learners the skills to think independently, problem solve and collaborate in groups.

The new teacher education curriculum was anchored on the National Teacher Education Assessment Policy (NTEAP) and the National Teachers’ Standards (NTS). These documents collectively codify what is expected from a teacher in Ghana today.

Subsequently, in October 2018, all 46 public CoEs began the delivery of the B.Ed.programe and a new arrangement of mentorship under 5 teacher education Universities i.e., UG, UCC, KNUST, UEW, and UDS.

Student teachers studying in the B.Ed. the program specializes in Early Grade, Primary Education, and Junior High Education.

This is a significant improvement from a diploma system to a more practical-oriented B.Ed. curriculum which allows pre-service teachers to have real classroom teaching experiences from the beginning of their training.

The year 2022 marks the fourth and exit year since the implementation of the B.Ed. program and the implementation have experienced remarkable improvements in teaching and learning, leadership and governance, professional and institutional development, quality assurance, and Gender Equality and Social Inclusion (GESI).

On the occasion of the 2022 World Teachers’ Day, celebrated under the theme, “The Transformation of Education begins with Teachers”, we want to congratulate all pre-service and in-service teachers, particularly our beginning teachers, for their resilience, hard work, and dedication to raising the standard of the teaching profession and for the commitment and passion to shaping the minds of the younger generation. Congratulations!!!

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