Members of the council

The Governing Councils of Holy Child of Education, Kibi College of education, St. Theresa’s College of education, Mt. Mary College of education, Tamale College of education, St. John Bosco College of education, Gambaga College of education and Gbewaa College of education has been inaugurated by Dr. Matthew Opoku Prempeh, the Minister for Education at a ceremony in Accra.

The governing council, he said, is an important factor in the decision-making process and formally the most central strategic body at the institutional level, stressing that, the governing council can be viewed as an important arena for institutional change and also responsible for quality assurance, efficiency, and effectiveness.

The reason why, the Minister for Education said, President Akufo-Addo chose persons to strengthen the institution as a whole even as it carries out its mandate to drive the change agenda.

The mandate of the Council according to him was to ensure the Colleges of Education trains students to acquire the necessary professional and academic competences for teaching in pre-tertiary institutions and non-formal education institutions and to build the professional and academic capacities of serving teachers through regular continuing education.

The governing council, this news portal has established, are expected to comply with functions stated in the Colleges of Education Act, 2012[Act 847].

The governing council per the above-mentioned Act is mandated to approve the educational programmes developed by the academic board having regard to the mandate of the college, prescribe the terms and conditions for the admission of persons selected for a course of study organized by the college.

The rest are to oversee the internal organization of the college of education including the establishment, variation, and supervision of the academic divisions, departments and faculties of the college, institute awards, fellowships and scholarship schemes in furtherance of the aims of the college as well as manage the finances and fixed assets of the college. Consider and approve annual estimates of income and expenditure of the college among others.

At the start of the 2018/19 academic year, Dr. Matthew Opoku Prempeh said, all Colleges of Education were upgraded to University Colleges, with the introduction of a 4-year Bachelor of Education [B.Ed] degree.

This, according to him, means that eventually, a first degree would be the minimum requirement for teaching at any level of the country’s education system.

He said “our aim is to upgrade capacity and improve upon the quality of teacher training to position our teachers to be able to respond to our educational needs as a country. This is crucial if we are to move definitely on a path of progress and development.

Of course, as with every reform, there are and would be various challenges, but l am confident that as Councils of your institutions, you would be able to bring your rich experience to bear in the provision of the much-needed strategic leadership and direction to ensure the success of the programme.

Government’s reforms in teacher education form part of a wide scope of reforms at all levels to ensure that our education delivery system meets the needs of a modern, 21st-century economy that produces skilled, confident competitive citizens to power its industrialization. We would continue to invest in education because it is crucial to our needs as a country.”

Source: Adovor Nutifafa
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