Five Public Universities and Affiliate Colleges of Education to Roll out new B. Ed Programme from October 2019

From October 2019, forty-six public Colleges of Education will collaborate with five public universities in the country to roll out the new B. Ed programme which was approved by the National Accreditation Board in July 2018. This was disclosed at a two day orientation workshop organized by T-Tel for communicators from the five participating public universities to explore ways to support the roadmap for the delivery of the B.Ed programme and to address emerging communication issues.

The universities are University of Education, Winneba, University of Ghana, Legon; Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi; University of Cape Coast, and University for Development Studies. The affiliation has been carefully selected to ensure that each College of Education receives relevant mentoring and maximum benefit from the relationship.

Dr. Eric Ananga, one of the facilitators

To ensure quality and improved standards, a National Teachers' Standards (NTS), National Teacher Education Curriculum Framework (NTECF), and a B.Ed programme were developed by Ghanaian educators who are experts in the various fields and approved by Cabinet. This is under the Government of Ghana’s six-year Transforming Teacher Education and Learning (T-TEL) programme which is funded by UK aid. The objective of the new curriculum is to transform the delivery of pre-service teacher education.

The new B. Ed. programme has three specialisms: the B.Ed Early Grade Teacher Education, B.Ed Upper Primary Teacher Education and the B.Ed Junior High School Teacher Education programmes; the latter having specialist subject areas. Under the new programme, all basic school teachers would be required to obtain a Bachelor of Education (B.Ed.) degree aligned to the NTECF and delivered by the 46 Colleges of Education in Ghana through their affiliate public universities.

Miss Obaapanin Adu, UEW Representative at the Orientation Workshop

The curriculum has been developed to employ interactive, inclusive and innovative teaching and learning techniques while introducing changes in the overall assessment of pre-service teachers. This is against the backdrop of the importance placed on extended periods of supported teaching in schools and the use of interactive learner-focused approaches. The new B.Ed curriculum is expected to improve learning outcomes and ensure that children are motivated to be life-long learners beyond their time in school.

Among the facilitators were Mr. Robin Todd, Prof. Jophus Anamuah-Mensah, Dr. Akwasi Addae-Boahene, Dr. Eric Ananga, Mrs. Dinah Adiko and Mr. Enock Gyan.

The communicators from the participating public universities resolved to accompany the process to ensure effective implementation of the new programme.