2nd National Teacher Education Curriculum forum held
The National Teaching Council (NTC), National Council for Tertiary Education (NCTE) and the Institute of Education (UCC) with support from T-TEL has organised the second National Teacher Education Curriculum Forum aimed at developing a National Teacher Education Curriculum Framework for teacher education. The forum was held on Thursday June 9, 2016 at the NCTE conference Hall in Accra.
Stakeholders at the forum made inputs into a proposed curriculum framework which takes into account four key elements of the curriculum namely: supported practical teaching, pedagogic knowledge, subject knowledge and literacy.
Present at the event were representatives of institutions contributing to the process of developing the National Teacher Education Curriculum Framework. They include Curriculum Review and Development Division (CRDD) and the Teacher Education Division (TED) of the Ghana Education Service (GES), National Teaching Council (NTC), and National Council for Tertiary Education (NTCE), University for Development Studies (UDS) and the University for Development Studies (UDS). The rest are the Institute of Education (IOE) of the University of Cape Coast (UCC), National Council for Curriculum Assessment (NCCA), University of Education, Winneba (UEW), National Accreditation Board (NAB), and the Conference of Principals of Colleges of Education (PRINCOF). Also present were policy makers, Teacher trainees, College of Education Principals, Civil Society and Donor Partner Representatives. Prof. Jophus Anamuah-Mensah, a former Vice Chancellor of the University of Education, Winneba is leading the National Teacher Education Curriculum Review Technical Committee.
Prof. Naana Jane Opoku-Agyemang, the minister for education who was Guest Speaker at the event, pledged government’s support for the process of developing a curriculum framework which will eventually lead to the review of the curriculum for teacher education in the country. The Minister highlighted on the need to include the concerns of teachers to make sure that the final framework reflects the needs of the teacher.
Presenting on the national vision for teacher education, she mentioned that the vision for teacher is to ‘provide relevant education to all learners at all levels in other to enable them acquire the skills that will help them to develop whatever the potential they have towards national development as well as their own personal growth and the key pillar in this journey remains the teacher’. To show its commitment to this, the Minister stated that Government presently allocates over 34% of its budget to education, a quota well above the 20% recommended by UNESCO.
National Programme Manager of T-TEL, Mr. Akwasi Addae-Boahene, was hopeful that the curriculum framework will ensure inclusive, equitable, high quality teacher education and enhanced learning outcomes and opportunities for pupils. The draft framework is expected to be finalised by the end of September this year.
At the last Stakeholder Forum in March 2016, participants proposed the setting up of a National Curriculum Review Technical Committee to lead the process of developing a national framework for the Teacher Education curriculum. The committee proposed a broad framework based on the National Teacher Standards to guide the process of developing the Curriculum framework for teacher education. This forum was organised to review the proposed framework.