Accra, June 29, GNA - Colleges of Education should make their curriculum dynamic to meet current trends in teaching and learning.
They should also teach literacy to help build the capacity of the trainees so as to improve upon their work in the classroom.
Mr Andrew Ofosu-Dankyi, Education Technical Programme Manager of the World Vision in Ghana (WVIG), made the call during a visit to various schools in the Fanteakwa District of the Eastern Region.
The visit was to assess how useful training given to the teachers was affecting teaching and learning.
Teachers had been taken through the use of print-rich classrooms among other modern methodologies to promote incidental learning (learning on their own) aside the normal teaching and learning.
There were workshops on phonetics, letter knowledge, phonemics awareness, reading fluency and vocabulary comprehension done by the WVIG in collaboration with the Ghana Education Service (GES).
He reiterated the need for GES to implement the teaching of children from the Kindergarten (KG) to Primary Three in their mother tongues in their transition from home to school to learn a second language.
Mr Ofosu-Dankyi said making the classroom print-rich also made learning for the pupils’ fun and indelible, which made them smart and called on GES to encourage teachers to complement their work with pictures.
Some of the schools visited, which had made good use of the print rich tutorials, were Osino Islamic Primary/KG, Osino Presby Primary/KG, Bosuso D/A and R/C Primary.
Teachers who had successfully used the print-rich technique told the media that it had increased enrolment.
Mr Abdul Razak Samadu, Headmaster of Osino Islamic Primary/KG explained that the print-rich technique had brought improvement in enrolment by 50 percent.
“Pupils who see those beautiful pictures tell their friends thereby encouraging both the dropouts and new ones to come in their numbers as they spread the news,” he said.
Ms Evelyn Leh Apkene, one of the teachers, stated that the capacity building had made preparation of Teaching and Learning Materials (TLM) easy and thanked WVIG for providing the TLMs.
“In my class for instance, you can find the pharmacy, salon, shopping, kitchen, nature corners, giving the children idea of things leaving them to imagine when there were no pictorials,” she added.