T-TEL holds Fourth National Stakeholder Forum

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The National Council for Tertiary Education (NCTE) and the National Teaching Council (NTC) with support from Transforming Teacher Education and Learning (T-TEL) has organised a National Stakeholder Forum on the Draft National Teacher Education Curriculum Framework for Teacher Education in Ghana. The forum which took place on Tuesday April 11, 2017 at the Accra International Trade Fair Centre, brought together Education Stakeholders from across the education sector for their input and endorsement of the draft Curriculum Framework.

In his welcome address, Prof. Mohammed Salifu, Executive Secretary (NCTE) and chairman at the forum, informed participants that the forum had come about after a series of consultations that started in 2015 with a National Policy Dialogue between T-TEL and education stakeholders in Ghana. This gave birth to a number of ideas that impact on the preparation of future teachers including the need for: a national vision for teacher education; developing national standards for teachers; a national competencies framework for teachers and ultimately, a new curriculum that will guide the training of teachers in Ghana.

The Minister of Education Dr. Matthew Opoku Prempeh, in his keynote address, stressed the need for teachers to update their knowledge on teaching and learning methods enshrined in the country’s proposed Teacher Education Curriculum Framework.

The key focus of the Curriculum Framework is to promote innovation, inclusion and best practice in improving the quality of teacher preparation in Ghana in line with the National Teaching Standards. Dr. Prempeh said government was committed to putting in place policies to raise the status of teachers so as to attract high calibre of candidates into the profession to deliver quality education in the country.

“As a nation, our vision is to provide relevant education to all Ghanaians at all levels to enable them to acquire knowledge and skills as well as develop their potential and be productive in the emerging market,” he added. He said the country’s education system deserved well-prepared and efficient teachers, capable of teaching learners to be agents of change, adding, the government would provide full backing to the implementation of the comprehensive reform of the teacher education sector.

Prof. Jophus Anamuah-Mensah, Leader, Technical Committee of the Curriculum Framework, said the teacher education experts who constituted the Technical Committee had worked with T-TEL to support the creation of a Curriculum Framework that will meet the expectations of the Ministry of Education and all education stakeholders in Ghana.

The Framework concentrates on the essentials a pre-service teacher education curriculum requires to produce the most effective teachers for Ghana’s school system and promote system change in Teacher Education. Prof. Anamuah-Mensah also mentioned that the framework considered four important elements in teacher education including extended supported practical teaching, pedagogic knowledge, subject knowledge and literacy studies.

Elaborating on the mandate of the T-TEL programme,  Mr Akwasi Addae-Boahene, National Programme Manager of T-TEL, said T-TEL is a programme designed to support public colleges of education to produce better teachers, well-prepared and empowered for a career dedicated to improving young Ghanaian minds.

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