13 Colleges of Education receive grant awards

By Patience A. Gbeze, GNA

Accra, Aug. 17, GNA
– Thirteen Public Colleges of Education has received the Challenge Fund Grants
Award to implement innovative concepts that would improve the practical skills
of Teacher trainees.

It would also
promote the professional development of tutors of these colleges.

The Transforming
Teacher Education and Learning (T-TEL) Ghana, a Government Programme funded by
UKAid, disbursed GH₵ 1,286,752.30 to 13 projects funded under the Challenge
Fund of T-TEL.

The UKAid has
committed 17 pounds sterling (90 million cedis) for the four-year programme
starting from 2015 to 2018 to help deliver the transformation of teacher
education in Ghana. The Fund is being managed by Cambridge Education.

T-TEL Ghana is a
four-year programme, designed to support the implementation of the Pre-tertiary
Teacher Professional Development and management policy framework developed by
the Ministry of Education.

It seeks to
transform the delivery of pre-service teacher education in Ghana by providing
the quality of teaching and learning through support to relevant national
bodies and institutions and all public Colleges of Education (CoEs).

The recipient
colleges are Atebubu College of Education; Accra College of Education; St John
Bosco’s College of Education, Navrongo; OLA College of Education; Dambai
College of Education, Jasikan; Presbyterian Women’s College of Education,
Aburi, and Jasikan College of Education.

The rests are Peki
St Francis College of Education; Amedzofe E.P. College of Education; Ada
College of Education and Mt Mary College of Education; Kibi Presbyterian
College of Education, Abetifi Presbyterian College of Education and Komenda
College of Education. 

Mr Samuel Okudzeto
Ablakwah, Deputy Minister in charge of Tertiary Education, said the programme
is to improve high quality of education at the basic levels and commended
T-TEL, UKAid and stakeholders for their continuous support and commitments
towards transforming the country’s educational sector.

He said since they
passed the Colleges of Education Act, Act 847, the Colleges did not have the
necessary support and funding needed to transform the sector, adding: “There is
one thing passing the law and getting the adequate funding to implement it.”

He said it was
against this background that government continue to put in myriad of
interventions which are all linked together to avoid duplication and

interventions, he said, are all yielding the right results and expressed
Government’s appreciation to all donors for their continuous support in that direction.

“Ghana has achieved
gender parity at the basic level and the challenge now is how to retain
achievement at the senior high school and tertiary levels,” he said.

He, therefore,
congratulated the 13 Colleges for their hard work and determination that had
won them the award and urged the remaining to put in maximum efforts to also
access the fund to enable them implement their projects.

Mr Akwasi
Addae-Boahene, the National Programme Manager, T-TEL Ghana, urged the colleges
to work hard to achieve the anticipated outcomes of their projects.

“We expect colleges
to demonstrate high sense of accountability and transparency in the management
of…resources to their staff, stakeholders and beneficiaries…. successful grants
management means that you have followed all the terms and conditions of the
grant award,” he added.

Janice Dolar, DFID
Education Advisor, said the priority is to support donors to get back on track
to transform the economy.

“The UK government
is pleased to be supporting the Ministry of Education to improve teacher
education in Ghana and called on the recipients to use the fund for the
intended purpose to attract the second phase of the fund.

Reverend Sister
Elizabeth Amoako-Arhen, Principal of OLA College of Education and the President
of National Conference of Principals of Teacher Training Colleges (PRINCOF), on
behalf of her colleagues are grateful to government, Ministry of Education for
coming to their aid at the right time.

She said T-TEL has
come at the opportune time that they need to awake teacher training to response
to the challenges of global trends.

Rev Sister
Amoako-Arhen also pledged their commitment to ensure that the activities would
be put to the right use to achieve the objectives set for it.


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