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Gov’t to ensure public University in each region

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The Government is committed to implement various interventions in the tertiary sector to improve access, quality, and relevance.

Thus, some of the interventions, include the construction of the University of Environment and Sustainable Development in line with the Government’s vision to ensure a public university in each region. The Bill for the University has been passed into Law by Parliament.

The Minister for Education, Prof Naana Jane Opoku-Agyemang, made the remarks at the inauguration of a 17-member Governing Council at the University of Education, Winneba (UEW). . The Council is the sixth to be inaugurated since the institution attained a University status.

The Council’s mandate is to ensure that the institution trains students to acquire the professionalism and academic competencies for teaching in the tertiary and pre-tertiary and the non-formal education institutions to build professional and academic capabilities to service teachers through regular and distance education.

The Technical University Bill, which replaces the Polytechnics has been laid in Parliament in June 7, 2016 and Parliament is taking the necessary action to ensure its passage for the conversion to take off from September 1, 2016.

Other significant intervention, the Minister noted, is the implementation of the Transforming Teacher Education and Learning Programme (T-TEL) at a cost of £17 million, which is a four-year Government of Ghana programme from 2014 to 2018.

The programme, supported by DFID, would help transform the delivery of Pre-Service Teacher Education to improve the quality of teaching and learning through support to all the 38 Colleges of Education and the absorbed five Private Colleges of Education.

The National Council for Tertiary Education (NCTE) in collaboration with the United Kingdom is working on Ghana’s Open University Concept.

To strengthen ICT, the Centre for Distance Learning and Open Schooling (CENDLOS), has developed modules and is partnering institutions to enhance ICT based related programme.

According to Prof. Opoku-Agyemang, the Africa Centre of Excellence Project, a US$150 million World Bank Project to finance 19 University-Based Centres of Excellence in West and Central Africa is being financed through credit from the International Development Association (IDA).

Ghana, she said, has been allocated US$24 million to be shared among three beneficiary Centres of Excellence, the Centres are the West African Centre for Crop Improvement (WACCI), University of Ghana; the West African Centre for Cell Biology and Infectious Pathogens (WACCBIP) and the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST).

The Ministry in collaboration with USAID is also implementing a five-year technical assistance and capacity building support with 72 million USD to improve reading, teacher skills and management among others.


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