All 46 public Colleges of Education in the country are scheduled to reopen today, Monday, 27th April, 2020 to begin the first session of the second semester for the 2019/2020 academic year.
However, the situation is not going to be the same as it has been previously. Trainee teachers, tutors and administrative officers of the various Colleges will begin the semester today from their various abodes across the country.
Colleges were scheduled to initially reopen on Monday, 16th March, 2020 but due the emergence of the novel Coronavirus, all educational institutions across the country were directed to close down by H. E. Nana Akufo-Addo, President of the Republic of Ghana.
Dr. Emmanuel Nyamekye, PRINCOF National President has admonished trainee teachers to take the virtual studies, i.e. teaching and learning online seriously as everything they study counts so far as the second semester is concerned.
A total of 1,842 participants including Tutors from Colleges of Education, Staff of the 5 Universities that the 46 Colleges of Education are affiliated to, T-TEL officials, NCTE officials and National Accreditation Board staff last week Monday started a certificate course in Online Education Training with the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences. The training is expected to end on Wednesday, 29th April, 2020. The course will help to ensure that Tutors enhance their skills and expertise to deliver effective online learning and teaching.
Speaking exclusively to the News Desk of the Colleges of Education Weekly Journal, Mr. Prince Obeng-Himah, CETAG National President on his own behalf and on behalf of the National Executive Officers, Zonal Executive Officers and all the Local Branches, wish all CETAG members well and ask that they stay safe as they prepare to deliver their mandate in the second semester.
He further added, “As the semester begins today with virtual teaching and learning, I commend the various stakeholders especially the Ministry of Education, NCTE, T-TEL and PRINCOF for the great team work in getting this far. Based on the interventions been kept in place to address the challenges associated with teaching and learning, it is going to be difficult for pre-service teacher education to be halted as a result of COVID 19. CETAG is ever ready to support all other stakeholders to get the best in this crucial era of our lives. Best wishes to our student teachers”.