Sat. Dec 2nd, 2023

Govt reintroduces quota system for Colleges of Education

Govt reintroduces quota system for Colleges of Education

For the academic year 2022–2023, the Ghanaian government has reintroduced the admission quota system for the 46 approved public colleges of education.

A total of 12,002 potential teacher trainees are anticipated to be admitted into the 46 Colleges of Education for the 2022–2023 academic year, according to the list made public by the Ghana Tertiary Education Commission (GTEC).

The Ghana Tertiary Education Commission listed the colleges of education together with their respective admission quotas for the academic year under consideration in a letter to the National Conference of Principals of Colleges of Education (PRINCOF).

Here is a list of the Colleges of Education with their respective quotas

Govt reintroduces quota system for Colleges of Education

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In order to encourage enrollment in the various schools of education and lessen the financial burden on the government, the former John Mahama administration decided to do away with allowance payments for the 2013–2014 academic year and replace them with Student Loan Trust Fund loans.

The elimination of teacher trainee allowances, according to Mr. Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa, who was the deputy minister of education at the time, raised enrollment in colleges of education by 63.8% in December 2016.

He explained that, due to financial reasons, the colleges only admitted 40% of their maximum capacity prior to that time due to a quota system that limited entry.

According to him, this made it difficult for many would-be students to get accepted to institutions, which led to a shortage of teachers in the classrooms.

According to him, enrollment at the various colleges’ colleges of education surged from 27,000 to 47,000 after the allowances and the quota system were abolished.

However, the current New Patriotic Party administration stated that more teachers and nurses were still needed in the nation and promised to implement the allowances because they encouraged many people to enroll in nursing schools and colleges of education.

In 2017, the ruling NPP moved ahead and reinstated the allowances for students in teacher- and nursing-training programs while rejecting the introduction of a quota system.

Govt won’t introduce a quota system for colleges – Prof. Yankah

Professor Kwesi Yankah, who was in charge of tertiary education at the time, stated in May 2017 that colleges of education could accept as many competent applicants as their facilities would permit without compromising quality or standards.

He stated that the Akufo-Addo administration’s Ministry of Education would not implement an admissions quota system that may deny admission to teacher training colleges to a large number of hopeful applicants.

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