License educational administrators for improved quality education - Dr Tawiah, MP
| Updated Jul 30, 2017 at 7:00pm
Professor George Oduro Pro-Vice Chancellor University of Cape Coast
The Deputy Ranking Member of the Education Committee in Parliament, Dr Augustine Tawiah, has recommended the institution of licensing requirements for educational administrators at all levels as it was being planned for teachers.
He said, that would promote good and effective system where educational administrators would receive training to understand the financial and human resources as well as the Teaching and Learning Materials (TLM) and use them well to improve quality.
“If it becomes compulsory for every education administrator to have a license, there will be no room for anybody to say I am an educational administrator- so we can almost predict the quality expected”, he said.
Dr Tawiah said this when he spoke on the theme: “Improving educational administration in Ghana: the role of the IEPA graduate” at the first Alumni homecoming conference of the Institute for Educational Planning and Administration (IEPA) of the University of Cape Coast (UCC).
“If we have well trained educational leaders administering and managing the schools and the universities, the quality would be higher than this. So the emphasis must be on training effective leaders to supervise learning in the schools”, he said.
He said this is necessary because effective supervision, mobilisation of resources and their efficient use all fall in the domain of the administrator.
Dr Tawiah also proposed the establishment of an institute for Educational Leadership and Development at the universities preparing educational administrators to equip them with essential leadership skills needed to effectively manage the schools.
He said there is the need to develop a common set of criteria for all universities training educational administrators such that every administrator would have the same level of training to be able to function at equal levels. Otherwise, the universities would be training people differently but there should be a uniform platform for writing examination and issuing certificates, he added.
Professor George Oduro, the Pro Vice Chancellor of UCC, expressed unhappiness with the practice where public administrators were made educational administrators saying this affected quality and the operations of the schools.
He said educational administrators were often challenged by external interference by political leaders which inhibited their ability to discharge their duties as required and admonished political leaders to desist from the practice.
Prof Oduro urged the IEPA alumni to expand their tentacle to make the general public understand the uniqueness of educational administration by upholding the principle underlying the establishment of the Institute.
Professor Joseph Ghartey Ampiah, the Vice Chancellor, acknowledged the role of education administrators as key to addressing the educational challenges facing the nation.
He urged the IEPA alumni to uphold good morals and act as inspiration to the society.
Past Directors of the Institute were honoured with citations for the various roles they have played towards the development of the Institute since its establishment in 1975.