Technical education teachers have been urged to take advantage of the Competency Based Training (CBT) programme being rolled by the government, to enhance their competencies in their respective fields.
According to Prof. Akwasi Asabere Ameyaw, Vice Chancellor of the University of Education, Winneba, it was critical for teachers to have good practical knowledge of what they teach, saying that would enable them to impact the right knowledge to learners.
He described the introduction of the CBT as “an opportune time for most of us, as teachers to move out of our classrooms, libraries, workshops and laboratories into a real world of work where we can demonstrate real skills required for our industries and commerce.”
Prof. Ameyaw gave the advice at the opening of a piloting CBT instructors diploma and degree training programme at the College of Technology, Kumasi (COLTEK ) of the University of Education, Winneba.
The aim of the CBT programme was to bring together technical and vocational teachers in several trade areas to experience and acquire skills on how to make an effective use of CBT to achieve Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) objectives, as well as how to impart and sharpen the knowledge and competencies of technical and vocational teachers to design TVET curriculum and develop synergy for improving TVET education.
Prof. Ameyaw believed that the CBT programme, which has been adjudged the best form of flexible approach in imparting knowledge and skills in the training circles in the 21st century, was the right option to have been adopted by Ghana, adding that the CBT focuses on the practical aspect of training which was critical in bridging the gap between academia and industry.
The training, which was held under the auspices of the Council for Technical Vocational Education and Training (COTVET), with support from the African Development Bank (AfDB), was expected to benefit about 150 instructors for technical institutes, within 12months, as well as training 20 faculty members at the Masters Degree level and five faculty members at the doctorate level.
“This approach will support our many instructors for technical institutes, both private and public in Ghana, who lack teachers with pedagogical skills to train TVET teachers and instructors,” he said, and announced the five doctorate students have commenced their studies abroad.
“Currently, the University requires a number of TVET experts and researchers to pursue its mandate effectively. If the University is to discharge its mandate effectively and continue to be at forefront for advancing TVET and training of teachers, its staff should be upgraded and also well resourced with adequate workshops and equipment in cutting-edge technologies and skills,” he noted.
COTVET selected COLTEK as the most suitable tertiary institution to execute its Competency Based Training (CBT) programme in Ghana under the Development of Skills for Industry Project(DSIP), which aims at enhancing the quality of human and institutional capacity of TVET teaching and learning.
Prof. Reynolds Okai, Principal of COLTEK in his welcome address gave the assurance that the college would continue to keep faith with its special mandate of training technical and vocational teachers to sustain TVET.
“TVET has been recognized as an educational system that seeks to develop competencies in the relevant technical and vocational subjects. As we roll out the first ever CBT Diploma in Education programme, it behooves on all stakeholders to contribute meaningfully to this mission,” he appealed.
By Times Reporter