The introduction of the transforming Teacher Education and Learning (T-TEL) Programme aim to equip teaching graduates to deliver high quality teaching and learning in schools across the country, Mr Akwasi Addae Boahen, the Chief Technical Advisor, T-TEL, has said.
The T-TEL programme is a four-year government project supported by UK aid with an investment of GH¢ 90 million as part of its Girls Participatory Approaches to Students Success programme in Ghana.
Mr Boahen said this in Accra at a workshop for media practitioners in the country on the Secondary Education Improvement Project.
He said the programme, which started in November 2014, supported 40 public colleges of Education on their path to becoming tertiary ‘centre of excellence’ and producing high quality teaching graduates ready to lead the country’s progress and prosperity.
Mr Boahen said a high performing education system needed a well-qualified and empowered- teachers, prepared to excel in the classroom, adding that until the quality of teaching was addressed, the country’s social and economic progress would be under threat.
He said student teachers lacked proficiency in basic subjects and have not had the support they need to inspire and educate children to fulfil their potential as meaningful contributors to society.
Mr Boahen said the programme was to build strong relationships with the national institutions that contributed to teacher education and colleges of education to ensure institutional and curriculum support for quality teaching and learning outcomes.
He stated that the T-TEL programme has seven principal activity areas to improve the standard of teacher education at the Colleges of Education as well as raise the standard of pre-service teacher education.
Mr Boahen said the principal areas are providing professional development to 1,500 college of education tutors, delivering leadership development to college of education management, strengthening the teacher education sector and enhancing school partnerships.
The rest are improving teaching and assessment for better learning outcomes, creating Colleges of Education as gender equitable and socially inclusive workplaces and providing funds to promote innovation and results in the Colleges.
He said by end of the four-year programme, it was expected that there would be improvement in governance, management and pedagogical direction in all the Colleges of Education and greater innovation and results in teacher education through fund investment of nearly 2 million euro.