UEW Ready to Implement Teacher Education Reforms

The University of Education, Winneba (UEW) is fully prepared for the implementation of Teacher Education Reforms and the new four year Bachelor of Education (B.Ed) curriculum for the 2019/2020 academic year.

The new curriculum, designed by a team of Faculty Members from UEW, University of Ghana (UG), Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) and University of Development Studies (UDS) seeks to prepare teachers to improve the learning outcomes of Ghanaian students.

The curriculum built around four Pillars (Subject Knowledge, Language Pedagogy, Literacy Pedagogy and Supported Teaching) puts emphasis on cross-cutting issues such as equity and inclusion, Information and Communication Technology, core values and transferable skills among others.

To ensure its full implementation, the Institute for Techer Education and Continuing Professional Development (ITECPD) organised a four-day workshop for members of the Faculty of Education from Monday, 28th January to Friday, 1st February, 2019 at the Manna Heights Hotel, Central Region, Ghana.

The Dean, School of Research and Graduate Studies, Prof. George Kankam indicated that the purpose of the workshop was to train staff to acquire the skills, knowledge and competencies required of them as teachers to help in the implementation of the new Teacher Education Reforms.  

Dean, School of Research and Graduate Studies, Prof. George Kankam

The Vice-Chancellor, Rev. Fr. Prof. Anthony Afful-Broni and the Registrar, Surv. Paul Osei-Barima Esq. visited the Faculty Members on Thursday, 31st January, 2019. The Registrar explained that the visit was to observe how the programme was unfolding and to assure them of Management’s support. He charged the Faculty Members to make a difference in discharging their duties.     

“For the purposes of knowing each other, for the purposes of competition, for the purposes of excellence, for the purposes of academic sanctity, we decided to support this workshop as most of the people who prepared the curriculum come from UEW. Therefore, we charge you to be of a difference in the management of the colleges of education that will be entrusted to us. We want you to be of a difference so that if there is any question to be answered, all hands will be pointing to UEW. Finally, we ask you to be of a difference; if we talk of professionalism with regards to students, everybody should be running to UEW.” The Registrar said.      

The Vice-Chancellor pledged Management’s support to the Faculty for a successful implementation of the new curriculum. “Our nation has suffered too much for too long with people studying and getting degrees which have no relevance and no impact on their lives; and I think that is one of the key things that this current reform is aiming at. Ensuring that we are able to develop appropriate skills that as soon as a person stands up to speak people will know which one is educated and which one is not. So keep up the good work and we will continue to give you all the support.” Rev. Fr. Prof. Afful-Broni said.

96 Members of the Faculty of Education from Ajumako, Asante-Mampong, Kumasi and Winneba Campuses were in attendance on Thursday. There were sessions which focused on the vision of the new Teacher Education Programme, the National Teaching Standards, the National Teacher Education curriculum framework, and the B.Ed curriculum.

In addition, the B.Ed curriculum has comprehensive and Transforming Teacher Education and Learning (T-TEL) teaching assessment procedures. Participants engaged in practical sessions which involved preparing lessons and group presentations.