Education Ministry pledges maximum support for teacher education curriculum framework
The Ministry of Education has pledged its commitment to fully support the implementation of the National Teacher Education Curriculum Framework when finally enrolled to give every Ghanaian child good quality education through well-qualified and effectively trained teachers.
The Minister of Education, Dr. Matthew Opoku-Prempeh reiterated gov’t’s readiness to support the framework in his opening remark at the 4th National Stakeholder Forum to consider the draft National Education Curriculum Framework in Accra on Tuesday April 11, 2017.
It was 1-day event organized by Transforming Teaching, Transforming Learning (T-TEL) with support from UK Aid.
The forum among other things seeks to address the major challenges facing the teacher education sector most especially touch on the development of a National Teacher Education Curriculum Framework which is expected to serve as the blue print for future Teacher Education Curriculum.
It is also expected to ensure the standardization of effective training of teachers in order to deliver high quality education in the country.
According to Dr. Matthew Opoku-Prempeh, the move forms part of the nation’s vision to provide relevant education to all Ghanaians at all levels to enable them acquire knowledge and skills as well as assist them to develop their potential and be productive.
“Preparing teachers to deliver high quality education in Ghana requires policies and practices which raise the profile and status of teachers to attract the highest calibre of candidates, the Ministry will consider ways of achieving this”.
In attempt to proffer solutions to fix the challenges most teachers are battling with currently in the country, Dr. Opoku-Prempeh called for opportunity to be given to all practicing teachers in the area of in-service programmes to update themselves of teaching and learning methods enshrined in the proposed national curriculum framework. ” We need to make sure that all teachers , new recruits as well as those already in the classroom are well-trained, have access to the ongoing training and are treated as professionals” he stressed.
He maintained his outfit, T-TEL and the Ghana Education Service (GES) have been working tirelessly in tandem with regulatory and monitoring institutions to transform the delivery of pre-service teacher in Ghana.
Under this partnership, the Education Minister believes it has already gain ground with a landmark journey for transforming teacher development and management that will accelerate teacher growth to bring about essential fundamentals in the sector.
The rationale to develop the national teaching standards and the national teacher education curriculum framework was borne out of a national policy dialogue on teacher education held in January 2015. The policy dialogue highlighted the major challenges the teacher education sector faced with stakeholders calling for the redefining of the philosophy and professional competencies that would define a teacher in Ghana. Furthermore, it was agreed that T-TEL should be used as a vehicle to reform the teacher education sector (pre-service training for teachers in basic education) since its mandate revolves around the Colleges of Education.
Meanwhile the National Programme Manager for T-TEL, Akwasi Addae- Boahene has underscored the need for all teacher training institutions in the country to adopt the curriculum framework when finally enrolled into the system by the National Council for Tertiary Education (NCTE).
Key among the Pillars of Teacher Education modules enshrined in the proposed framework are Subject and Curriculum knowledge, Pedagogic Knowledge,Supported Teaching in School,Literacy Studies (Ghanaian Languages and English) including others.
Source: Joseph Kobla Wemakor/Ghananewsone.com