The Ghana Tertiary Education Commission (GTEC) in partnership with the five mentoring universities, the National Teaching Council, the Transforming Teaching, Education and Learning (T-TEL), and partner institutions in education, presented the outcomes of the Fidelity of Implementation (FOI) for the Bachelor of Education degree which was introduced in Colleges of Education in October 2019.
Following the successful implementation of the programme, which is currently in its fourth year, the first batch of students have completed their coursework and are currently enrolled in their National Service/Induction year. The Fidelity of Implementation (FOI) presented accessed the successful implementation of the B.Ed. curriculum and identified pitfalls and provided a broader stakeholder perspective on elements that could improve the implementation of the programme moving forward.
The dissemination programme was held on Friday, January 27, 2023, at the Airport View Hotel, Accra. The programme offered the opportunity for mentoring universities and agencies under the Ministry of Education to ask questions and critique the insights shared from the report. The Colleges of Education, who are direct implementers of the curriculum were represented by all members of the Conference of Principals of Colleges of Education (PRINCOF) who also shared major challenges in the implementation of the programme. Challenges identified related to the capping of the Ghana Education Trust Fund (GETFund) and infrastructure deficits in colleges among others. Also present were reps from the Colleges of Education Teachers Association of Ghana (CETAG) and the Teacher Trainees Association of Ghana (TTAG).
A study of the FOI report reveals that Enchi College of Education scored 83.3% in percentage adherence to the four curriculum components in the Colleges of Education. The four curriculum components include Teaching and Learning of Student Teachers, Assessment of Student Teachers, Tutor’s Professional Development, and Preparation for, and Student Teachers’ Experience of STS.
Other Colleges that emerged as high performing Colleges of Education in GTEC FOI include Tamale College of Education with an overall adherence score of 75.0%, Foso College of Education, Assin Foso with an overall adherence score of 75.0%, and St. Teresa’s College of Education with overall adherence score of 75.0%.
The FOI report also investigated leadership strategies, teacher motivation, quality assurance, and the extent to which infrastructure facilities and resources are available and accessible to support the implementation of the curriculum. The report provided findings through case studies to provide the right support to colleges to improve their implementation of the curriculum.
The News Desk of the Teacher Education Journal will in the coming days publish excerpts of the report for our cherished readers.