Department of Basic Education Holds Workshop for Staff

The Department of Basic Education from Monday, 4th to Thursday, 7th June, 2018 held a four day non-residential workshop for staff at the Windy Lodge Beach Resort in Winneba.

The workshop which was organised under the theme “Restructuring Bachelor of Education (B.Ed) in Basic Education Programme to meet 21st Century Teaching Standards” sought to expose staff of the Department to the new B.Ed Basic Education curriculum, review the Department’s M.Phil. in Basic Education programme, identify research areas in Basic Education and conduct research studies to improve Basic Education system in Ghana.

In his welcome address and purpose for the gathering at the opening ceremony of the four day non-residential workshop, the Ag. Head of Department of Basic Education, Mr. Kweku Esia-Donkoh disclosed that the lack of specialisation in their field of study puts graduates with B.Ed. Basic Education at a disadvantageous position.

‘For some time now, the Department has observed that the generalist nature of its B.Ed. Basic Education programme creates some challenges for our products. Most of the products from the B.Ed. Basic Education programme find it difficult to be posted to Junior High Schools because they do not have an area of specialisation. Again, these products are unable to assess postgraduate programmes in other Departments because they do not have areas of specialisation. This situation puts our B.Ed. Basic Education graduates at a disadvantageous position. Another challenge is with our M.Phil. Basic Education graduates who are refused engagement by various Colleges of Education and other related institutions with the reason that there is no course of study called Basic Education on their curricular to be handled by them.’

“In October 2012, the National Accreditation Board (NAB) recommended a review of the B.Ed. Basic Education and M.Phil. Basic Education programmes to make it more attractive to prospective students. As a result of these, the Department, in the 2013/2014 academic year embarked on a drive to review its B.Ed. Basic Education programme to enable students specialise in various subject areas. Certain challenges, however, made it difficult for the Department to realise this dream. In the 2016/2017 academic year, the Department resolved to continue with the dream of restructuring its B.Ed. Basic Education programme.” He said.

In her speech, Professor (Mrs.) Salome Essuman, a representative of the Ag. Pro Vice Chancellor said ‘it was indeed very necessary that such an activity is organized for staff (academics and administrators) to reflect on what transpired during the academic year that has just ended , but more importantly, to use these experiences to plan for the ensuing year.’ Adding that ‘if we are asking our student-teachers to be REFLECTIVE PRACTITIONERS, then we need to model the principles of the concept for them to emulate’.

She further stated that ‘a major concern of education in Ghana is improving the quality of its teachers, and as teacher educators or a teacher education institution, the onus is on us to prepare high caliber or professional teachers to improve the educational system.’

We desire to prepare teachers as leaders who value excellence, innovation, inclusivity, stewardship and accountability. She entreated all to have an open-mind at the workshop to enable them as individuals gain great insight required to assist students and help build their self-confidence and competencies in the profession.

Present at the event were Professor Samuel Kweku Hayford (Dean, Faculty of Educational Studies), Professor George Kankam (Dean School of Graduate Studies), Opanyin Kofi Adinku (Planning Unit, UEW), Mr. Kwesi Esia- Donkoh (Ag. Head, Department of Basic Education), Professor Asonaba Kofi Addison (immediate Past Head of Department of Basic Education) amongst others.