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License educational administrators for improved quality education – Dr Tawiah

By
Afedzi Abdullah, GNA

Cape Coast, July 30, GNA – Dr Augustine
Tawiah, Deputy Ranking Member of the Education Committee in Parliament, has
recommended for the institution of licensing requirements for educational
administrators at all levels as it was being planned for teachers.

He said that would promote good 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 a 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 ensuring that the resources
available as well as teaching and instructional time were used well, all fell
in the domain of the administrator.

Dr Tawiah also proposed for the establishment
of an institute for Educational Leadership and Development at the universities
preparing educational administrators to equip them with the 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 the issuance of 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 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 the 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 played towards the development of the
Institute since its establishment in 1975.

GNA

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