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Colleges of Education, COTVET and NAPTEX Councils Inaugurated

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The first batch of Governing Councils of Colleges of Education as well as the Boards of the Council for Technical and Vocational Education and Training (COTVET) and National Board for Professional and Technician Examinations (NAPTEX) have been inaugurated with the call on members to partner government in strengthening the respective institutions by ensuring quality and efficiency as they carrxy out their mandate to drive the change agenda.

The fifteen member COTVET Board is chaired by Mr. Rockson Dogbegah while Prof. P. N. Buatsi chairs the NAPTEX Board.

The Minister for Education, Prof. Naana Jane Opoku-Agyemang, who performed the inauguration, charged the Councils to support their respective management boards to achieve the objectives set. She particularly charged the new COTVET Board to work hard to support management in restructuring the National Apprenticeship Programme as well as work towards sustaining the Skills Development Fund (SDF).

The Chairmen also pledged to work hard to support the Ministry and Government, realizing the important role TVET plays in the socio-economic development of the nation. The first batch of Councils inaugurated for Colleges of Education include: Tamale College of Education, N.J. Ahmadiyya College of Education, Wa, Bagabaga College of Education, Tamale, Tumu College of Education, E.P College of Education, Bimbilla, OLA College of Education, Cape Coast, and St. Joseph College of Education, Bechem. The rest are Komenda College of Education, Atebubu College of Education, Gbewaa College of Education, Tamale, Foso College of Education and Holy Child College of Education, Takoradi.

Addressing the new Councils, the Minister announced that following the review of the minimum requirements for the unified scheme of service for staff of the Colleges by the National Council for Tertiary Education/Public Services Commission, the Fair Wages and Salaries Commission has developed a new grade structure for the Colleges of Education captioned Single Spine Grade Structure for Colleges of Education. She also noted that the Fair Wages and Salaries Commission is making steady progress on the 38 Colleges and this she said has a program of engagement in March which it has communicated to the Ministry, copied to PRINCOF.

The Minister also urged Council members to familiarize themselves with on-going issues in the education sector to enable them communicate effectively to all relevant stakeholders.


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