Colleges of education to become campuses of varsities

BY: Severious Kale Dery
The Minister of State in charge of Tertiary Education, Prof. Yankah
The Minister of State in charge of Tertiary Education, Prof. Yankah

All the 43 public colleges of education in the country will be turned into satellite campuses of public universities.

They will, therefore, be degree awarding institutions and will be shared among the public universities which offer education programmes.

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Beneficiary universities

The colleges of education would be shared among the University of Ghana, Legon; the University of Cape Coast, the University of Education, Winneba, the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi, and the University for Development Studies, Tamale, to run the programme.

The idea is to ensure that all teachers in Ghana are trained as graduates, the Minister of State in charge of Tertiary Education, Prof. Yankah, told the Daily Graphic in an interview in Accra.

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Review of tertiary education

He, however, explained that the decision to turn all colleges of education into satellite campuses of universities was part of the recommendations of the Prof. Jerome Djangmah Committee set up to look at various areas in the tertiary education sector.

The Ministry of Education in June 2017 set up committees to review tertiary education with the view to reforming the tertiary educational sector in the country.

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Prof. Yankah explained that the beneficiary universities were those specialised in aspects of education and that explained why only the five public universities were chosen.

Top-up programmes

He said the move was to raise the standards of the teaching profession and also enhance the quality of teaching.

Touching on teachers who are already in the teaching field, Prof. Yankah said an interim arrangement would be put in place for them to upgrade themselves through top-up programmes.

He said the ministry had adopted the report and had already forwarded it to the Cabinet for consideration before it would be sent to Parliament for endorsement.
Prof. Yankah explained that details of the clustering and other issues arising from such a change were still being worked on.