T-TEL Reviews Project Implementation at UEW

A review meeting for the T-TEL Project Coordinating Team, Management of UEW and a Consultant from DFID has been held at the University of Education, Winneba on Tuesday 1st November, 2016.
The rationale for the meeting was to brainstorm and pick out ideas that will inform the future packaging and frameworking for the T-TEL project.

Speaking on the Review programme, the consultant from the Department of Funding and International Development, DFID, Ms. Ms Myra Harrison said the essence of the visit was to assess progress, achievements and challenges of T-TEL, identify key lessons learned over the past year of implementation and make recommendations. She noted that DFID has instituted Annual Reviews for programmes supported under the Participatory Approaches to Students Success.

DFID supported programmes include "providing scholarships, bursary support to students and also assistance for the running of T-TEL project" she stated. She lauded the efforts of the University and indicated that it was important for the University Staff working on the project to bring on board the richness of thoughts in the undertaking of the project. She noted that things that would remain after 2018, when the project elapses were the modules that would be developed, the training process and the thinking of the people.

The Vice-Chancellor, Professor Mawutor Avoke stated that it was obligatory for UEW to strengthen collaborations with the Colleges as determined by the institutional mandate. He indicated that the National Accreditation Board and National Centre for Tertiary Education were involved in the project implementation.

He noted that the T-TEL will ensure that UEW will make its expertise available to all Colleges of Education that would request it assistance in building the professional competence of its staff whether affiliated or not to UEW. He entreated the T-TEL project team to familiarize themselves with the Colleges of Education Act to understand the mentoring relationship that exist.

The Chairman of the Affiliation Committee in UEW, Professor George Kankam indicated that there was a National Framework for Teacher Education that spells out the type of teachers that the nation was expected to produce.

He further indicated that the project coordinating team had assisted the Colleges in accessing the Challenge Fund and in the development of teaching standards in education.

The T-TEL project team in UEW observed that providing leadership for the Colleges was a critical area to work on in ensuring a successful transformation of the Colleges. The team indicated that there was the need for the University to bring its expertise to bear on the training of teachers in the Colleges. They again noted that it was imperative for the University to build the expertise of personnel in the Colleges and the District Education Office. The team also put forward the suggestion for a documentation which spells out the actual degree of involvement required of the University in the T-TEL project. The Head, National Centre for Research Into Basic Education noted that it was commendable to observe that most of the resource persons working on the USAID Basic Education Curriculum were also involved in the T-TEL project. This would ensure proper synergy of the two projects, he said.

The Principal of the College of Technology Education, Kumasi requested assistance to replicate the T-TEL Module on the Competency Based Training programme to enable students have practical industrial trainings. The team said there was the need for strong collaborations as well as pedagogical practices that can be established in the curriculum development process. They indicated that there was the need to ensure that provision had been made for the product of the Colleges to go for future career development.

The team brought to light the following challenges that the T-TEL could encounter in the course of implementation such as rigid curriculum for higher education that could create friction between the curriculum as developed and enacted and the perceived notion of what should be done, Challenges regarding the lecturers to be recruited in the process of upgrading of the Colleges, future progression challenges for the teachers and the College as well as sustainable administrative framework for the T-TEL project.

Present at the meeting were the Chairman and members of the T-TEL Coordinating Committee of UEW, the Pro-VC, Rev. Fr. Anthony Afful-Broni, the Registrar, Dr. C.Y. Akwaa-Mensah, Principal for CAGRIC, Professor James Kwame Kagya-Agyemang.

Source: Media Relations