Six Colleges of Education has been affiliated to University of Ghana for a four (4) year transitional period in executing the new teacher education policy reforms in the country.
The policy introduced by government required all forty-six (46) public colleges of Education to be converted to University Colleges of Education that trains teachers. In furtherance of the upgrade all Colleges of Education in Ghanawill deliver the new four-year Bachelors in Education curriculum.
Speaking at the first congregation in a series for the year, Vice Chancellor of the University of Ghana, Prof. Ebenezer Oduro Owusu said that the agreement is expected to guarantee the integration of the Colleges into their affiliated Universities.
“As you may be aware, he Government of Ghana has initiated policy reforms in teacher education to improve the quality of teaching and learning at basic schools. As part of the reform, all 46 public Universities that train teachers through a special affiliation agreement for a transitional period of four years to deliver the new four-year B.Ed. curriculum. This agreement is expected to guarantee the institutional integration of Colleges into their affiliated Universities,” Prof. Oduro said.
The six affiliated colleges; Accra College of Education, Enchi College of Education, Evangelical Presbyterian College of Education at Amedzofe, Peki College of Education, Gbewaa College of Education at Pusiga and Mount Mary College of Education at Somanya will assume affiliation with the University come October 2019.
In June 17 2018, the President of the Republic of Ghana, Nana Addo Danquah Akufo-Addo made known government’s plans to introduce the new reforms to elevate the standards in teacher training in the country.
The President made these known in a keynote address at the 170th anniversary celebration of the Presbyterian College of Education, Akropong, in the Eastern Region that beginning September 2018/2019 academic year, all Colleges of Education in the country will be upgraded to a University Status to run a 4-year Bachelor of Education (B.Ed) Degree Programme.
These colleges were initially affiliated to the University of Cape Coast and would subsequently be decentralized to other Universities in the country.
The reforms require that first degree be made the minimum requirement for teaching at any level of the country’s education system.
Under the current dispensation, teachers who completed the three-year Diploma in Basic Education (DBE) at the Colleges of Education, have to do a two-year top-up, through distance learning, at the University of Cape Coast to attain their first degree.
With the introduction of the 4-year Bachelor of Education Degree, teachers will now obtain a first degree at the end of their training, to ensure that they enter the teaching service as university graduates with an increment in their salaries.