All Public Colleges of Education in Ghana shall resume for effective Academic work for the second semester of 2019/2020 academic year on Monday, April 27, 2020.
According to the Conference of Principals (PrinCof), the trainees are expected to begin their second semester online on April 27, 2020.
In a statement issued by Conference of Principals’ National President, Dr. Emmanuel Nyamekye, that Colleges of Education are finding stop-gap solutions to continue teaching but the quality of learning is heavily dependent on the level and quality of digital access, ie PCs/Laptops/Phones, network and data.
Dr Emmanuel Nyamekye, said the Principals are hopeful that staff and students will make good use of the opportunity by patronizing, standard asynchronous online learning tools (such as reading material via Google Classroom), and other digital online platforms which would soon be rolled out for effective teaching and learning.
He opined that this should become a prevalent and consequential trend to future teacher education in Ghana.
He urged the telecommunication companies in the country to work towards reducing the cost of data to enable trainee teachers to get access to their online learning platforms easily.
Earlier, the Leadership of the Teacher Trainees Association of Ghana (TTAG) called on the National Council for Tertiary Education (NCTE) and other stakeholders, to allow students who could not access all platforms being suggested, be brought back to campus and to observe all social distancing protocols so that they can be taught by selected tutors.
The leadership of the Association, in a statement released by the Association on April 14, 2020., suggested to the National Council for Tertiary Education (NCTE) that with the issue regarding how to get all students involved equally, learning experiences should be created to cater for all spectrum of students.
The trainees requested that perhaps, a dedicated Television Channel should be dedicated to the teaching and learning experiences in the Colleges of Education.
In addition, the leadership suggested, that WhatsApp, Google Classroom and other virtual platforms can be used to access Education Information.
With the High Cost of data bundles, the TTAG suggested, that the NCTE and other stakeholders should meet with the telecommunication networks to subsidize the cost of data, or zero-rate it for educational materials to be easily accessible.
The trainees’ leadership also suggested that all materials meant for their lessons should be downloadable to cut cost.