It would also promote the professional development of tutors of these colleges.
The Transforming Teacher Education and Learning (T-TEL) Ghana, a Government Programme funded by UKAid, disbursed GH₵ 1,286,752.30 to 13 projects funded under the Challenge Fund of T-TEL.The UKAid has committed 17 million pounds sterling (90 million cedis) for the four-year programme starting from 2015 to 2018 to help deliver the transformation of teacher education in Ghana. The Fund is being managed by Cambridge Education.
The recipient colleges are Atebubu College of Education; Accra College of Education; St John Bosco’s College of Education, Navrongo; OLA College of Education; Dambai College of Education, Jasikan; Presbyterian Women’s College of Education, Aburi, and Jasikan College of Education.
The rests are Peki St Francis College of Education; Amedzofe E.P. College of Education; Ada College of Education and Mt Mary College of Education; Kibi Presbyterian College of Education, Abetifi Presbyterian College of Education and Komenda College of Education.
Mr Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwah, Deputy Minister in charge of Tertiary Education, said the programme is to improve high quality of education at the basic levels and commended T-TEL, UKAid and stakeholders for their continuous support and commitments towards transforming the country’s educational sector.
He said since they passed the Colleges of Education Act, Act 847, the Colleges did not have the necessary support and funding needed to transform the sector, adding: “There is one thing passing the law and getting the adequate funding to implement it.”
He said it was against this background that government continue to put in myriad of interventions which are all linked together to avoid duplication and mismanagement.
These interventions, he said, are all yielding the right results and expressed Government’s appreciation to all donors for their continuous support in that direction.
“Ghana has achieved gender parity at the basic level and the challenge now is how to retain achievement at the senior high school and tertiary levels,” he said.
He, therefore, congratulated the 13 Colleges for their hard work and determination that had won them the award and urged the remaining to put in maximum efforts to also access the fund to enable them implement their projects.