Colleges Of Education Directed To Increase Admissions

OKUDZETO-ABLAKWA_1The government has directed the Colleges of Education to increase their enrolment by 40 per cent to ensure that more applicants are accommodated for the 2013/2014 academic year.

The directive, which would ensure that the Colleges operated at full capacity in training more teachers, follows the abolition of the quota system which restricted admissions to the Colleges due to financing challenges.

Prior to the directive, the National Conference of Principals of Colleges of Education (PRINCOF) proposed an increase of 24 per cent in admission for this year, but the Ministry of Education wants it to be increased to 40 per cent.

Samuel Okudzeto-Ablakwa, Deputy Minister of Education who disclosed the directive to the Ghanaian Times, said the upgrading of the Colleges mandates them to operate at full capacity.

He explained that prevailing conditions such as the abolition of the quota system and the teacher trainees’ ability to access the Student Loan Trust, were conducive for an increase in admissions.

In that regard, he said the 38 Colleges of Education dotted across the country were expected to admit about 20,000 applicants to be trained as teachers in this year’s admissions due to start on September 20.
Currently, there are 18,904 teacher trainees at levels 200 and 300 in the 38 Colleges.

With the prime aim of producing more qualified teachers to support development of the education system throughout the country, he said the Colleges were being assisted financially and logistically to enhance their operations.

Teacher Training Colleges were upgraded to become Colleges of Education in a law passed by Parliament in March last year to make the training colleges tertiary institutions. - Edmund Mingle

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