NOBODY IS READY TO DEFEND THE TEACHER TRAINEES IN GHANA

GEORGE KUNCHAM


The current teacher trainees in the various colleges of education across the country are currently passing through hell in order to be awarded with Diploma In Basic Education certificate under the current government led by His Excellency Nana Addo Dankwah Akuffo Addo and nobody is seems to care about these trainees welfare, the stakeholders, religious leaders among others are all quiet.

I want to plead with government to remember that many well known institutions award the same diploma certs in just one year and maximum of two years, even some institutions award diploma certificates in months, they may claim our diploma (teacher training colleges) are professional courses but the fact is, it’s still diploma which the current government has embedded a whole lot of things which will take up to Four (4) years in order to be awarded with the Diploma In Basic Education certificate.

The following are all the processes the Teacher Trainees pass through in order to be awarded with just a diploma in basic education certificate;
First Year First Semester Eight courses

Principles and Practice of education

Mathematics (number and basic Algebra)

English Language studies

Integrated science I

Environmental and social studies

Religious and moral education

Vocational skills

Ghanaian Language studies
First Year Second Semester ten(10) courses

Child and Adolescents development and learning

English with Elements of Literature

Mathematics ( Geometry and Trigonometry)

Integrated Science II

Environmental and social studies II

HIV/AIDS Education

Music and Dance

Ghanaian Language and Culture

Foundation of Physical education

Vocational studies
Second Year First Semester nine courses

Assessment in Education

Methods of teaching Mathematics

Methods of teaching science

Methods of teaching English in Basic Education

Electives

ICT

Methods of teaching HIV/AIDS

Environmental and social studies III

Principles and Methods of teaching in Basic schools
Second Year Second Semester Ten(10) courses

Integrated science studies

English studies

Socio- economic development in Ghana

Educating Individuals with special needs.

Research in Education

Further Algebra

Statistics and Probability

Electives

ICT

On- Campus teaching practice.


NB. For those offering General programmes but equivalent to other programmes
After all that, then off campus thus staying outside the college for one year mentor-ship, then come back to campus for two final papers on their various campuses

Guidance and counseling

Trends and Issues in Education.

As if that is not enough the NPP government said we are professionals and we must obtain Licence, each trainee has to register with an amount not less than Gh200.00 for three papers to write for the licence. The first one which took place in September 2018 and over 13,000 candidates failed, that was not enough, they also proposed the commencement of compulsory unplanned national services for this same claimed professional teachers which upon all their petition against it failed and they have to do it. This government will come to public platforms and talk as if attending Colleges of Education is a crime and none of the officials and other stakeholders are talking about it, I want to remind everyone that we gain admission to colleges of education with the minimum requirements of C6 in core subjects just in any other University requirements. Everyone is quite as if nothing is happening and all is well.

The Government and the Major stakeholders holders in the Country left the poor students in the various colleges of Education to suffer all alone in this hell. Because, none of these big men wards will ever attend colleges of education and to some families Teaching as profession is a crime to them.

Ghanaian children thus the Teacher Trainees are suffering, stand up and speak for us since all our noise and petitions are not heard by anyone. They should not also forget that these trainees are as well Ghanaian and can also vote as did in 2016 polls.

Currently these newly trained teachers are in a dilemma as to wether they would be posted, job assurance as known by Colleges of Education is dangling and our future is uncertain.

SPEAK FOR US, SPEAK FOR TEACHER TRAINEES IN GHANA THEY ARE ALSO GHANAIAN.

Politicians please leave Ghana education alone to move forward!!.

……. By a concerned trainee at Jasikan College of Education.

GEORGE KUNCHAM

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