Colleges of education are institutions solely responsible for the training of teachers in the country. They train about sixteen thousand (16,000), professional teachers, across the country annually. Many have the perceptions that attending the training college is one of the easiest modes of education therefore ignorantly, some people say it is for the weak-minded students.
This article is to help remove the ignorant lenses of people and enlighten individuals who wish to attend a teacher training college.
Currently, there are Forty-Six (46) public colleges of education in Ghana. They offer different education-related courses. However, they are now affiliating to the public universities we have in Ghana meaning the affiliated university awards the certificate after completion.
You might be preparing your mind to further your education in the training college, take note of the following before you apply because many students later regret their choice of school due to lack of pre-information.
Buy yourself sometime and digest the points below before applying to the training college.
- I Will Be a Teacher Throughout My Life Time
The perception that one will be a teacher throughout his life after he or she graduates from college is wrong. Due to the lack of guidance and counseling units or departments in our various Senior High Schools leads to fallacy. The students are not orientated about their choice of course they wish to offer in case they are admitted to the tertiary. What SHS leavers are to note that undergoing training to become a teacher serves as a stepping stone for other carrier opportunities.
Moreover, a persona who holds a college certificate (Diploma/Degree) can upgrade him/herself by applying as a mature student to other higher institutions. With a diploma, you are admitted to level 200 for different applicable courses. University students do not wear uniforms to lectures because universities are autonomous bodies and they make their own decisions. All the 46 public colleges fall under these public universities and they make the laws together with their governing bodies for the various Principals of Colleges of Education (PRINCOF) to implement. Students have tried on several occasions to resist this implementation but all efforts have proven futile.Well, we hope things change from the better with the introduction of degree in the various colleges.
- Feeding is Compulsory
The college is not different from the Senior High School boarding house system. You are been fed three times daily, thus, breakfast, lunch, and supper. It involves the same process as in the SHS. Get a cup, cutlery set, and a bowl for yourself as you go. The food is not bad at all and I bet you, you will enjoy it. If you have tuned your brain to mummy’s juicy food, then stay away from the college.
- You Will be Accommodated in the School Boarding Facility
If you are a very private person, then the training college might not be a suitable place for you. Unlike the universities, the various teacher colleges provide accommodation to its students. At the college, you bath without a shower, washroom facilities, and many others.
- Payment of Examination Fees Per Semester
Normally, newly admitted students are blown out of the water when they later get to know the amount to be paid as exam fees they pay as exam fees to their affiliated universities. An amount of 400 Cedis is paid as examination fees per semester. This is not stable as the price keeps on increasing from time to time.
- Payment of School Fees
Unlike the universities, School fees are paid on a semester basis. Universities students pay fees annually. The fees paid in the colleges is the same across the country but may differ due to the school’s internal arrangements.
- Payment of Feeding Fees Every Semester
This is not paid from the pockets of students but it’s been deducted from the allowances paid by the Akuffo Addo led administration. The allowance plays a major role in the lives of these trainees as it takes up the responsibility of paying all feeding fees for college trainees.
- Payment of Monthly Allowance by The Government Whilst in School.
In 2016, the Nana Akuffo Addo Government reintroduced the teacher trainees’ allowances canceled by the past Mahama administration. Students receive 400 Cedis every month in their active academic stay in school. Out of the 400 Cedis paid monthly, 200 Cedis is used to pay feeding fees Currently, 8 out of 12 months are paid annually. This is because a semester is made up of 4 months. The policy has played a very major significant role in the lives of trainees as every student pocket 200 Cedis after deduction of the feeding fees.
- Manual Works Forms Part of The School Calendar
Cleanliness, they say is next to godliness. You will need to tidy up your environment every blessed day when you become a teacher trainee. From your dormitory to the toilet facility awaits you as you will be sweeping and brushing them up. Weeding around the school is not excluded.
9.Regular Field Experience Teaching Practices (Teaching Practices).
The current system running takes college students through regular teaching practices throughout their Four (4) year stay on campus which used to be two (2). Students are conveyed to nearby towns to observe and practice teaching. This is to equip students with the appropriate mythologies and pedagogy.
most colleges of education in Ghana are faith-based institutions and therefore one requires a lot of discipline before attending.
I will reiterate, attending training colleges does not make one a teacher forever.