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UCC organises workshop on new four-year B.Ed programmes

BY: Deborah Oluwamuyiwa
Prof. Eric Magnus Wilmot
Prof. Eric Magnus Wilmot

The University of Cape Coast has organised a workshop for vice principals and assessment officers of the colleges of education in the country to educate them on assessment content and issues involved in the implementation of the new four-year Bachelor of Education (B.Ed) degree programmes being run by the colleges of education.

The two-day workshop, which was on the theme: “Managing student information systems and assessment in colleges of education,” identified challenges which participants were likely to encounter as the new curriculum was being implemented and also reviewed the process of assessment.

There were more than 100 participants from the various colleges of education.

Mentorship

Addressing the participants last Tuesday, the Provost of the College of Educational Studies of the University of Cape Coast (UCC), Professor Eric Magnus Wilmot, reiterated the university’s commitment to mentoring the colleges of education as “they begin their B.Ed programmes.”

He said the university was working with the colleges to ensure that the course coordinators and course lecturers were fully equipped with the right skills and training to help them run the programme effectively.

“We are working together with the colleges to make sure the B.Ed curriculum is properly implemented and the appropriate assessment is done in their schools”, he added.

Workshops

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Prof. Wilmot said the university would be running a series of workshops for principals, course coordinators and assessment officers of the colleges as part of measures to mentor them on the new policy.

He added that a number of platforms had also been created to enable course coordinators and course lecturers to interact during the implementation of the policy.

Course Coordinators

In a presentation, the Dean of the School of Educational Development and Outreach of the University of Cape Coast, Prof. E.K. Davis, urged course coordinators to work closely with course lecturers in the colleges to make the new policy a success.

He said to maintain standards of the university system, the course coordinators from the university must work with commitment to fill in gaps and loopholes that might affect the policy.

“It is the role of the course coordinator to mentor, assess, monitor and act as a link between the university and the colleges of education and that role must be played well”, he stated.

Prof. Davis underscored the need for principals of the colleges of education to organise training seminars for their lecturers every semester in order to keep them abreast of the needs of the new policy.