[lg policy] Ghana: Make Colleges of Education 4yrs

Harold Schiffman hfsclpp at gmail.com
Sat Jun 27 21:22:27 UTC 2015

*Source: *GNA
Make Colleges of Education 4yrs - Bishop Lodonu

 [image: Bishop Lodonu]Catholic Bishop of Ho, Most Rev Francis Anani Kofi
  The Most Reverend Francis Anani Kofi Lodonu, the Catholic Bishop of Ho,
has urged the Ghana Education Service (GES) to consider changing the
academic calendar for colleges of education to four years.

He said the three-year period of training teachers was not making the
expected impact on the educational system hence the need for a review.

Bishop Lodonu said this at the launch of the phase II of an in-service
training for teachers, and a sensitisation programme for students in the Ho
Diocese of the Catholic Church.

The project, aimed at helping to improve academic performance in the
Diocese, is under the auspices of the Development Office of the Diocese
with funding from Kindermissionswerk in Germany.

He said a review of the academic calendar, with three years on campus and a
year off campus in the form of fieldwork, could better prepare teachers.

Bishop Lodonu said though teachers alone could not be blamed for the
falling standard of education in the country, they played a major role and
they needed to be given the requisite training for quality delivery in the

A cursory observation, he said, indicated that most teachers were only
interested in making more money under the umbrella of extra classes, which
was not helpful.

He asked them to learn how to “give freely and not count the cost of
reward”, saying the desire and pride of teachers should be the upliftment
of their students.

Mr Jacob Kor, the Director General of the Ghana Education Service, said
teachers ought to know that their preoccupation on earth was to know and
love God and the children trusted in their care.

He called for a relook at the language policy in the country’s educational
system, arguing that, instructing kindergarten children and lower primary
pupils in the English Language was affecting quality delivery of education
and this amounted to downplaying the local languages.

The in-service training would benefit a total of 315 teachers with
practical and efficient skills in teaching Mathematics, Science, English
Language, Social Studies, Religious and Moral Studies and Information
Communication Technology (ICT) in primary and Junior High Schools in the

More than 4,000 students, mainly girls, would be taken through effective
ways of learning those subjects with a three-year scholarship package for
210 Junior High School and Senior High School students.

A total of 105 teachers and over 200 students have benefited from the first


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