The Institute of Education continued to play a major role in teacher education and training in the country during the year.
The Institute’s traditional responsibilities for both pre- and post-university teacher education are summarized under four areas, namely: Examinations and Assessment, Curriculum Development, Research/Publications and Outreach. These are all subsumed under the following:
With regard to the Examinations and Assessment Unit, the Institute functions as an examination body for all the thirty-eight (38) public and two (2) private Diploma Awarding colleges of education well as about twenty-four thousand (24,000) untrained teachers in the basic education system. In the 2009/2010 academic year the Institute in collaboration with the Teacher Education Division (TED) managed the activities of the 2nd cohort of DBE Sandwich students. Sandwich programme leads to the Diploma in Basic Education given an additional responsibility: it started a sandwich programme leading to the Diploma in Basic Education for practicing Certificate ‘A’ teachers in the basic schools.
The Research and Publications Unit conducts research into issues in education that inform policy and curriculum development. Currently, two (2) research projects are underway. The Institute also has linkages with other universities for purposes of research.
The Outreach Unit runs a 4-Semester Post Diploma B. Ed Degree programme for teachers who possess Diploma in Basic Education. The Institute is also running the M.Ed Teacher Education programme on Sandwich basis for tutors in Colleges of Education and Senior High Schools.
The Institute is aware of the structural changes taking place in the colleges of education. To this end, the Institute keeps reviewing its new strategic plan put in place a couple of years ago to help shepherd the training colleges into the status of Colleges of Education.