Transforming Teaching, Education Learning (T-TEL) has signed a partnership agreement with the University for Development Studies (UDS), Tamale to improve teaching and learning in the Colleges of Education. The signing of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) took place on Tuesday, 30th March 2021 in the Vice-Chancellor’s Office, Tamale Campus. The Vice-Chancellor, Professor Gabriel Ayum Teye signed the MoU on behalf of the University for Development Studies while Mr. Robin Todd, the Executive Director, signed on behalf of Transforming Teaching, Education Learning (T-TEL).
As part of the MoU, the two institutions will partner each other towards the successful implementation of the Transforming Senior High School Education, Teaching and Learning (T-SHEL). The project which is sponsored by Mastercard Foundation seeks to ensure that every SHS graduate in Ghana is equipped with the subject knowledge and analytical and critical thinking skills needed to progress to further studies or successfully enter the world of work. The project is being implemented in two phases. Phase One (February 2021 – January 2023) will focus on developing and articulating the nation’s vision for SHS education and putting in place the necessary policies, curricula and other preparatory activities required for effective implementation. Phase Two (February 2023 – January 2027) which is subject to the successful implementation of Phase One, will see the national roll-out of agreed policies and curricula.
The in 2018, Government of Ghana introduced some reforms as part of measures to improve education in Ghana. Among them was the introduction of a 4-year B.Ed. in Initial Teacher Education (ITE) in the Colleges of Education as a minimum qualification needed to teach in Ghanaian schools. UDS being one of the public universities designated by the Ghana Tertiary Education Commission (GTEC) to oversee the implementation of the 4-year B.Ed. programmes of study in the Colleges of Education, it becomes mandatory for it to ensure the success of the programme in all its six (6) affiliate Colleges of Education namely: Tumu, McCoy, Dambai, Gambaga, St. Vincent and Al-Faruq Colleges of Education.
The Vice-Chancellor, Professor Gabriel Ayum Teye assured the team of the commitment of UDS towards the success of the programme. This commitment was further reiterated by Prof. Anthony K. Donkor, Director at the Directorate of Colleges of Education Affiliation, UDS, by adding that his outfit is ready and willing to execute the programme to the latter and will also summit periodic progress reports on the programme for consideration.
Dr. Ahmed Jinapo, Deputy Director General of GTEC and Mr. Robin Todd, Executive Director of T-TEL both expressed their gratitude to the Management of UDS and assured the Vice-Chancellor of their maximum cooperation to make the programme a success.
Also present at the meeting were Mr. Jerry Sarfo of GTEC, Beryl Opong-Agyei of T-TEL, Dr. Ebenezer Owusu-Sekyere of UDS and the UDS team, among others.
Source: University for Development Studies