The second batch of students on the Competency-Based Training (CBT) programme, currently on offer exclusively at the College of Technology Education, Kumasi (COLTEK) of the University of Education Winneba (UEW) have begun the year-long training that would lead to the award of Diploma-in-Education (CBT option). As part of the training, the students mainly comprised of heads and instructors from the Ghana’s Technical and Vocational Institutes, would have two of three-week classroom sessions and spend six weeks for on-field experience gathering and off-campus teaching.

In conformity with the customs of the University, the current batch of students, numbering 15, underwent orientation on January 10, 2018 to help them come to terms with workings at COLTEK and have a better appreciation of the programme for which they had enrolled. Various topics treated at the three-hour ceremony included “The role of Management in providing conducive environment for teaching and learning” by the Ag. College Registrar, Mr. Michael K. Twum-Ampomah; “The CBT programme structure” and “Procedure for payment of fees”, Director of CCBTR, Mr. Francis Donkor; and “Highlights on academic issues”, Head of College Academic Affairs, Mr. Charles Baba Campion .

Others were “The place of the Library in COLTEK”, Head of College Library, Mr. Seth Katsekpor; “UEW online registration” and “Security on campus”, Acting Head of College Security, Mr. Charles Amissah Opening the orientation on behalf of the Principal of COLTEK, Prof. (Ing.) Reynolds Okai, the Dean of the Faculty of Education and Communication Sciences (FECS) Prof. Frederick Kwaku Sarfo elicited maximum cooperation from the students to make the course a success. “Your decision to enroll at COLTEK would only pay-off when you apply yourselves diligently to all that you would be taught.

COLTEK is full of competent academic and non-academic staff who are willing to help make your time with us a worthwhile”, he said. As a human institution, he said he could not promise perfection in all situations that they might encounter while at COLTEK. “Therefore, if you face any challenges, contribute to solving it rather than throwing their hands in despair”, he said and then congratulated them for their admission into COLTEK.

The Acting College Registrar, Mr. Michael Kofi Twum-Ampomah assured the students that Management had made adequate provision for their convenience while they undertook the training. However, he appealed to them to take very good care of the logistics and infrastructure provided so that future provisions would be towards adding up and improvement but not merely replacements and repair at very exorbitant cost to the College. The Acting Head of COLTEK Security, Mr. Charles Amissah advised the students to take their personal security very seriously even though the College had made adequate provision to guarantee their safety while on campus.