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Regional News Thu, 13 May 2004

Present teacher education not responding to society demand -

Anamuah-Mensah

Winneba, May 13, GNA - Any teacher education system that fails to reflect changes in the society would be producing teachers for the past and not the present or future.

The Vice Chancellor of the University of Education, Winneba (UEW), Professor Jephus Anamuah-Mensah, said this when opening a two-day national forum on teacher education at Winneba on Wednesday. The forum under the theme "Teacher Education in Ghana at the Cross Road; New Perspectives in Focus" is being organized by the University of Education, Winneba and is the third in a series being organised by universities responsible for teacher education in the country. Stakeholders in education, including principals of teacher training colleges, University of Cape Coast, directors of education and non-governmental organisations, are attending it.

The forum is aimed at presenting a comprehensive overview of teacher education in Ghana and provides an opportunity for participants to discuss pertinent issues affecting teacher education in the country. The outcome of the forum will serve as a basis for bringing innovation and dynamism into the various aspects of teacher education in Ghana.

Prof. Anamuah-Mensah said the present way of teacher training is not responding to the professional needs of teachers and demands of society.

He said the new pressure and demands required teachers to be "trail-bracers" in the lives of learners, reflective practitioners and agents of tax change.

Source: GNA