The Minister of Education, Dr Matthew Opoku Prempeh, has reiterated the need to incorporate key findings and evidence from studies on teacher education.
He said that was necessary to access its impact on teacher education reform and the education sector as a whole.
At a learning summit for teacher education practitioners held in Accra, Dr Prempeh said he believed that would enable student teachers to have the right knowledge, skills and understanding to inspire children to fulfil their potential.
“We believe that evidence is the best driver for reform. It is, therefore, vital that we incorporate the valuable data and lessons into the ongoing teacher education reform and across the education sector as a whole,” he said.
He said the ministry recognised that to improve the quality of education in the country, “we must ensure student teachers have the right knowledge, skills and understanding to be able to deliver the best to schoolchildren.
“We are, therefore, happy that the National Council for Tertiary Education (NCTE) is joining forces with Transforming Teacher Education and Learning (T.TEL) and its partners to conduct important research to guide us,” he said.
Dr Prempeh said T.TEL provided leadership development through coaching support and training to the college management terms, including the principals and college councils.
“T.TEL has been providing institutional reform support to all stakeholders and partners responsible for the governance of pre-tertiary education, including creating better partnerships with schools and more effective student practicums involving partner schools, mentors and district education officers,” he added.
After two and half years of operation, he said it was important that T.TEL, as a government of Ghana’s programme, to take stock of its achievements and use its evidence to inform the ministry’s collective work going forward.
“As a lower middle-income country, Ghana requires a population equipped with modern skills and knowledge to drive development forward,” he said.
For his part, the National Programmes Coordinator of T.TEL, Mr Akwesi Addae-Boahene, said as the stakeholders rolled out the reform, they needed to ensure that evidence was used to guide the decisions and policymaking.
He said the evidence, which would form the direction in which the reform processes would be undertaken, would impact on the education sector.
“We as T.TEL have undertaken a number of different research activities under the auspices of the NCTE and we will ensure that we share the evidence found in the research, so that together as stakeholders in the education sector, we will review the evidence,” he said.
Findings and recommendations
Delivering the Midline survey report, a consultant of GMK Consulting Group, Mr Osman Mensah, said the survey concluded that continuous improvement in the pedagogical practices of tutors would have a direct positive effect on teachers in basic schools for enhanced teaching and learning.