Focus On Core Mandate

DR AFETI 1The Executive Secretary of the National Inspectorate Board (NIB), Dr. George Mawuse Afeti, has urged Principals of Colleges of Education to focus to their core mandate of training quality teachers for the country.

He said with the passage of the law making colleges’ tertiary institutions, it was important that their focus should be more on training rather than imitating programmes being pursued by other tertiary institutions.

Dr. Afeti made the call at the 55th Annual National Conference and Workshop of Principals of Colleges of Education (PRINCOF) held in Koforidua in the Eastern Region at the weekend.

The two-day conference was on the theme: “Running Colleges of Education as Tertiary Institutions: The Roles of Stakeholders”.

The workshop is expected to come out with innovative and effective ideas for the management and growth of the Colleges of Education as tertiary institutions.

“Colleges of Education must be different and their roles must also be different but complimentary to those of other tertiary institutions,” he said.

Dr. Afeti, who is also the Chief Inspector of Schools, explained that Colleges of Education need to recognise and accept the fact that they were not universities and polytechnics but a sub-set of the tertiary system.

According to him, like the universities and the Polytechnics, the Colleges of Education had different but equally important mandates which must be maintained.

Dr. Afeti cautioned that colleges of Education could only earn their tertiary status at the tertiary education banquet table by dint of hard work, commitment and determination to prove their mettle as worthy and equally important tertiary institutions.

He charged the principals to ensure that only students with the requisite academic standard, and pedagogical skills were passed for certification as teachers.

He suggested to the leadership of PRINCOF to recommend to the appropriate authorities proposals for re-structuring the curriculum of Colleges of Education.

He said there was the need to also reduce the current teaching practice duration of one year for teacher trainees to not more than six months so that more time would be devoted to mastery of the subject matter by the students. – Winston Tamakloe, Koforidua

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