© NCTE 2016
In this Issue
? Decisions at the 2016/02 Meeting of Council
? Transforming Teacher Education and Learning
? New Councils for Colleges of Education
? Senior Academic Leadership Training Programme
? List of Accredited Tertiary Education Institutions
DECISIONS AT THE 2016/02 MEETING OF COUNCIL
The following proposals from the Public Tertiary Institutions met the NCTE requirements for introducing new programmes and were accordingly approved by Council subject to accreditation by the National Accreditation Board:
University of Cape Coast
· MSc/MCom Procurement and Supply Management
· MSc/MCom Innovation and Technology Management
· BCom Human Resource Management
· BCom Marketing
· MPhil/PhD African Studies
· MPhil/PhD International Studies
University of Mines and Technology
· MSc Engineering Management
· Master of Business Technology
· BSc Renewable Energy Engineering
University of Ghana
· MSc Accounting and Finance
· MSc Public Health Monitoring and
· MSc Geoformation Science
University of Professional Studies
· BSc Actuarial Science
· BSc Accounting and Finance
· BSc Business Economics
· MPhil Finance
University for Development Studies
· MSc Community Disaster Resilience Studies
· BEd French
· BEd Social Studies
Deferred Programmes Council did not approve the
under listed programmes. The institutions were
advised to revise and re- submit the
proposals for re- consideration if they so desired.
The deferred programmes were:
University of Cape Coast
· MPhil Immunity and Infection
· MPhil/PhD Drug Discovery and
University of Ghana
· · MSc Financial Risk Management
· · MPhil Sustainability Science
· · MPhil Environmental Sanitation
University of Health and Allied Sciences
· Bachelor of Public Health (Mental Health)
· Bachelor of Public Health (Nursing)
Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology
· MPhil Business and Management
· PhD Business and Management
· PhD Organisational Leadership
· Doctor of Business Administration
University of Education, Winneba
· MSc Environmental and Organisational Health
University of Energy and Natural Resources
· MSc/MPhil/PhD Sustainable Energy Management
· MSc/MPhil/PhD Environmental Engineering Management
· MSc/MPhil/PhD Social Forestry and Environmental Governance
· MSc/MPhil/PhD Applied Statistics
University for Development Studies
· BSc Fisheries and Aquaculture
· MPhil Fisheries
· BSc Pediatric Nursing
· MSc Risks Management and Insurance
· MSc Development Finance
· MEd/MPhil Social Science Education
· MEd/MPhil Business Education
· MEd/MPhil Guidance and Counselling
· MEd/MPhil Special Education
· MEd/MPhil Educational
· Measurement and Evaluation
· BEd Family and Consumer Science
· MEd/MPhil/PhD Applied Microbiology
Introduction of New HND Programmes
Council decided that the Conference of Rectors of Polytechnics (PRINCOF) should write to the NCTE for directives on the continuous introduction of new Higher National Diploma (HND) programmes. Approval for straight Bachelor of Technology (B.Tech) programmes will await the of passage of the Technical Universities Bill.
Re-Assessment of Cape Coast and Tamale Polytechnics for Conversion into Technical Universities
In line with the roadmap for the conversion of Polytechnics to Technical Universities, the National Council for Tertiary (NCTE), constituted four (4) Expert Panels who visited the ten (10) Polytechnics to assess their preparedness for conversion based on agreed criteria and made appropriate recommendations in July 2015. The Polytechnics which met the criteria were accordingly recommended for the first phase of the conversion. It was agreed that the Polytechnics that did not meet the criteria for conversion in the first phase could apply to the NCTE for re-assessment at a later date if they reckoned that they had made significant improvements.
On the basis of the above, Cape Coast and Tamale Polytechnics which did not meet the criteria for conversion applied to the NCTE and the Ministry of Education (MoE) indicating their readiness for re- assessment. The NCTE constituted a six (6) member Expert Panel to re- assess the two Polytechnics in April
2016. The final report of the NCTE Technical Committee on the issue has since been submitted to the Minister of Education.
STATUS REPORT ON COLLEGES OF EDUCATION
Re-Designation of Staff In a letter dated 10th May, 2016, addressed to the Hon. Minister of Education, the Fair Wages and Salaries Commission (FWSC) gave approval for the
migration of staff from the Ghana Education Service (GES) Payroll to the Colleges of Education Payroll to take effect subject to approval by the Auditor General and subsequent placement of staff onto the Single Spine Salary Structure by the Controller and Accountant General’s Department. Meanwhile, the migration of staff has been completed, and transitional arrangements have been developed for staff who could not be migrated such as the watchmen and kitchen staff.
Substantive Councils for
Colleges of Education
The Hon. Minister of Education on the 24th of May, 2016, inaugurated
Councils of the remaining Seven Colleges of Education. The Colleges are:
· Akatsi College of Education
· Jasikan College of Education
· · Kibi Presbyterian College of Education
· Abetifi College of Education
· · Presbyterian Women’s College ofEducation
· Wiawso College of Education
· · Enchi Colleges of Education
Absorption of Private Colleges of Education
National Council for Tertiary Education and National Accreditation Board are taking the necessary steps to ensure the absorption of five (5) private Colleges of Education as public institutions. These are:
1. Bia Lamplighter College of
Education, Bia, W/R
2. Gambaga College of Education, Gambaga, N/R
3. St. Ambrose College of
Education, Dormaa Akwamu, BA/R
4. AL Farouk College of Education,
5. St. Vincent College of Education, Yendi, N/R
Gambaga and St. Ambrose Colleges of Education have since been fully absorbed as part of the public Colleges of Education after meeting all requirements.
The NCTE and NAB in January,
2016 held a meeting with the Chairpersons, Principals and Finance Officers of the absorbed Colleges of Education. They were taken through steps expected of them as public tertiary institutions including a brief budget workshop on how to prepare their budgets. They have since submitted their budgets for 2016. NAB has also given them guidelines for accreditation (for those yet to receive accreditation).
The Infrastructure Committee of Council would soon meet and plan periodic visits to all the Colleges of Education (CoE) to assess the state of their infrastructural facilities and the interventions required. As the CoE are affiliated to the
University of Cape Coast (UCC), the UCC would participate in the work of the Committee.
Key Transitional Issues
Due to the transition from the GES
to the NCTE, a number of issues arise regularly that need attention. One of the issues is the recruitment and replacement of staff. For Colleges who have their substantive council’s in place, the process for the selection and recommendation of a candidate for a particular position is done by the governing council as required. Terms and conditions of such appointments need to be clarified from the Public Services Commission and the Fair Wages and Salaries Commission.
Delivery of Buses and
All public Colleges of Education, including the five (5) newly absorbed ones were on 14 June 2016, issued with brand new pick-up trucks and 33-seater buses each by the Ministry of Education.
TRANSFORMING TEACHER EDUCATION AND LEARNING (T-TEL)
Transforming Teacher Education and Learning in Ghana (T-TEL), is a four- year Programme to support the implementation of the new policy framework for Pre-Tertiary Teacher Professional Development and Management in Ghana. The project, which started in November 2014, is funded by the UK Department for International Development (DFID) as part of its Girls Participatory Approaches to Students Success (GPASS) Programme. T-TEL seeks to transform the delivery of pre- service teacher education in Ghana by improving the quality of teaching and learning through support to relevant national bodies and institutions and all 38 Colleges of Education. This programme is being managed by Cambridge Education. Elements of the programme include:
•Training and coaching for tutors in Mathematics, English and Science, and eventually some generic materials for all tutors
•Support to the management of Colleges and training of College Principals
•Support to reform of the pre- service curriculum
•Support to the development of more effective student practicums
Two committees – a Steering Committee and a Technical Advisory Committee have been constituted to provide overall strategic direction and technical oversight respectively.
Between January and June 2016, T- TEL has initiated or continues to initiate the following activities to assist the Colleges of Education:
· Developed a College Improvement
Plan for the Colleges
· Built on the roadmap initially developed by NCTE to guide the transition of the Colleges from the GES to tertiary status and carried out college specific roadmaps to ensure a strengthened tertiary institution.
· Initiated the development of a Colleges of Education Management Information System (CEMIS) after an initial proposal by NCTE was sent.
· Have in consultation with the National Teaching Council and the NCTE developed National Teaching Standards.
· Have hosted two (2) stakeholder conferences at NCTE on the review of the Diploma in Basic Education Curriculum currently being run in the Colleges of Education.
· Developed a draft Quality Assurance Toolkit and self- assessment document to be used by the Colleges after pilot runs.
· Colleges who have been able to demonstrate an appreciable level of innovation in how they do things have been given more access to the Payment by Results Fund.
· Reviewing applications from Colleges who applied for the Challenge Fund which is a bursary available to the Colleges.
· Initiated preparations towards the training of Council Members of the Colleges of Education.
SENIOR ACADEMIC LEADERSHIP TRAINING (SALT)
The NCTE, with sponsorship from the Carnegie Corporation in New York started organizing the Senior Academic Leadership Training (SALT) programme for Council Members of Universities in 2012.
The key objectives of the programme were to equip the Council Members with the tools and skills to enable them better understand and interpret institutional accounts and audits; train Council Members in terms of their legal, administrative, oversight, fiduciary, strategic and generative roles and responsibilities; and to take Council Members through a self-review exercise to enable them to evaluate their performance. Between January and June 2016, the following SALT activities were undertaken:
· 123 Council Members have been trained
· Trained Council members were from 12 Institutions namely:
Methodist University College, Zenith University
College, Wisconsin International University College,
Ghana Institute of Management and Public
Administration, Data Link Institute, Ghana
College, KAAF University College,
University of Health and Allied Sciences, Knutsford University College, Bluecrest University College, Heritage Christian College, Valley View University, Catholic University College, Anglican University College, University of Energy and Natural Resources, and West End University College.
30 Council Members from 5 institutions are expected to be trained between June 28 and July 1,
2016. They were drawn from councils of University of Health and Allied Sciences (UHAS), Knutsford, Mountcrest, Bluecrest and Heritage Christian Colleges.
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