Department of Basic Education

Welcome to the Department of Basic Education

 

The Department of Basic Education is placed under the College of Education Studies of the University of Cape Coast. It was established in October 1993 as Department of Primary Education under the University of Cape Coast Act (Act, 390).

The main function of the Department of Basic Education (DBE) is to train high caliber professional educators and administrators in basic education, required in the improvement in teacher preparation and administration, and supervision of basic education.

The Department of Basic Education (DBE) offers four – year Bachelor of Education (B.Ed s to prepare high caliber graduate professionals in Basic Education who will serve Basic Education) and Bachelor of Education in Early Childhood degree programmeat the Ministry of Education (MOE) and the Ghana Education Service (GES) in high, middle and lower level positions.  Presently, the Department also runs Diploma and Certificate courses as Sandwich programmes in Early Childhood Education. Currently, the Department offers M.Phil programme in Basic Education and intends to offer M.Phil in Early Childhood Education. 

Vision

The vision of the department is to become a centre of excellence in in the provision of tuition for teachers in all basic school subjects with emphasis in literacy, numeracy and problem solving in Early Childhood Education and Basic Education. The vision of the department is to produce personnel to teach, manage and supervise all aspects of basic education in Ghana.

Mission

The mission of the Department of Basic Education will be the pursuit of teaching and carrying out of research that is aimed at the preparation of professionally oriented teachers, headteachers, teacher trainers, administrators and supervisors who will strive create the environment and experiences that enable the child to learn and develop his or her full unique potential, and to see the school as an enjoyable place or a knowledge based environment for learning. 

 

UNIVERSITY OF CAPE COAST

DEPARTMENT OF BASIC EDUCATION

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 

STRATEGIC PLAN

2012-2017

 

 

 

UNIVERSITY OF CAPE COAST

DEPARTMENT OF BASIC EDUCATION

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

STRATEGIC PLAN

2012-2017

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TABLE OF CONTENT                                                    

       PAGE

FORWARD                                                                                                                1

Table of Content                                                                                                         3

DEPARTMENT OF BASIC EDUCATION – AN OVERVIEW                            7

VISION STATEMENT                                                                                             8

MISSION STATEMENT                                                                                           8

CORE VALUES                                                                                                        9

PROGRAMMES                                                                                                        10

REGULAR PROGRAMMES                                                                                   10

SANDWICH PROGRAMMES                                                                                10

ACADEMIC AND ACCOUNTABILITY PLAN (AAP)                                       10

Professional Development and Students’ Appraisal Performance                             11

Expansion and Strategies for Higher Learning                                                           12

Students’ Progress                                                                                                      12

Projections                                                                                                                  13

Target                                                                                                                          13 CORPORATE STRATEGIC THRUST                                                                     14

Key Thrusts 1: Create an Environment that seeks to Improve Student’s Life,

 Foster Focused Learning and Students with Strong Ethics and Commitment

 to Society                                                                                                                   16

Key Thrust 2: To Create a Conducive Working Environment which Recognizes

Equal Opportunities for Faculty, Staff and Students                                                             17

Key Thrust 3: Recruit, select, develop and retain high calibre and motivated

teaching and administrative staff                                                                               18

Key Thrust 4: Create a Learning Organization Culture that Enhances

Teamwork, Efficiency, Discipline and Commitment                                                 19

Key Thrust 5: Promote active and reflective teaching and learning,

Research, and Outreach programme that Strongly Positions University of

Cape Coast as a Centre of Excellence                                                                        20

Key Thrust 6: Develop new Programmes, Periodically Revise Existing

Ones, and Vigorously Pursue Sandwich Education                                                   21

Key Thrust 7: Develop and Strengthen Integrated ICT Infrastructure and

Facilities that Robustly Supports Teaching and Learning, Research,

Outreach, Administration and Support Services                                                         22

Key Thrust 8: Improve upon Physical Infrastructure and Support Service that

 Enhance Teaching and Learning, Research and Outreach                                        23

Key Thrust 9: Develop linkages with Local and Foreign Institutions,

 Alumni and Partnership                                                                                             24

Key Thrust 10: Improve Upon Management Capacity and Institutional

Governance System                                                                                                    25

Key Thrust 11: Vigorously Work to Improve Revenue Generation and

Enforce Fiscal Discipline                                                                                            25

LIST OF TABLE

Table 1: Distribution of Students by Programmes: From 2007-2012                        11        

LIST OF FIGURES

Figure 1: Graphical Representation of Students’ Admissions: From 2007-2012       12

Figure 2: Students’ Progress Report from 2007-2012                                                13

 

 

 

FORWARD

We are pleased to provide details for this strategic plan of the Department of Basic Education, University of Cape Coast.

We wish to pay tribute to the late Professor B. A. Eshun who became the first Head of Primary Education Department. Now, the Department has been re-named, Department of Basic Education when it was realised quality Basic Education was more appropriate within the education reform context.

The Dean, Faculty of Education and members of staff are well aware that, the vision to make the Department of Basic Education one of the best in Africa is bold, ambitious and purposeful.

The strategic plan updates the reworking of the Basic Education 2012 -2017 agenda. Clear programme in the department has been made to date but there is still much to do, and the department is now working on a new vision and a strategic plan.

There have been and continue to have significant challenges to face, but following extension review of progress, we remain focused, committed to the vision and believe it to be achievable.

To succeed, the department will have to be ever more innovative in fostering global competition in: quality basic education, exemplary learning opportunities and research, engaging in community development, advancing professional practice and effective in nurturing the talents of our staff and students.  It will have to ensure that, key enabling strategies necessary to develop and improve the department’s resource base are highly efficient and effective, and competent enough to reflect global trends.   

The implementation of the strategic plan continues to demand more knowledge, energy, commitment, courage and determination from all stakeholders in education.

Also, the document outlines the structures and the progress through which this plan is being implemented.  These provide a good example of the way the department works. 

Accordingly, the Academic Board does not lose sight of its responsibility to evaluate and monitor the department’s progress toward meeting its objectives.

The strategic plan as important document highlights the operational guidelines of the Department of Basic Education in fulfillment of quality control and quality assurance procedures of the University of Cape Coast. As a framework for improving quality teaching and learning in Ghana at the basic level, our focus is to maintain the best practices within the global context.

HOD

Dr Clement Agezo

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DEPARTMENT OF BASIC EDUCATION – AN OVERVIEW

The Department of Basic Education is placed under the Faculty of Education of the University of Cape Coast. It was established in October 1993 as Department of Primary Education under the University of Cape Coast Act (Act, 390).

The main function of the Department of Basic Education (DBE) is to train high caliber professional educators and administrators in basic education, required in the improvement in teacher preparation and administration, and supervision of basic education.

The Department of Basic Education (DBE) offers four – year Bachelor of Education (B.Ed s to prepare high caliber graduate professionals in Basic Education who will serve Basic Education) and Bachelor of Education in Early Childhood degree programmeat the Ministry of Education (MOE) and the Ghana Education Service (GES) in high, middle and lower level positions.  Presently, the Department also runs Diploma and Certificate courses as Sandwich programmes in Early Childhood Education. Currently, the Department offers M.Phil programme in Basic Education and intends to offer M.Phil in Early Childhood Education.

 

VISION STATEMENT

The vision of the department is to become a centre of excellence in in the provision of tuition for teachers in all basic school subjects with emphasis in literacy, numeracy and problem solving in Early Childhood Education and Basic Education. The vision of the department is to produce personnel to teach, manage and supervise all aspects of basic education in Ghana.

 

 

MISSION STATEMENT

The mission of the Department of Basic Education will be the pursuit of teaching and carrying out of research that is aimed at the preparation of professionally oriented teachers, headteachers, teacher trainers, administrators and supervisors who will strive create the environment and experiences that enable the child to learn and develop his or her full unique potential, and to see the school as an enjoyable place or a knowledge based environment for learning.

 

CORE VALUES

The Department of Basic Education is committed to the core values of:

Academic Excellence: The department of Basic Education strives to promote innovative, academic and high standard intellectuals who believe in putting research theory to practical problem solving in improving quality education exposing students and staff to cutting edge technology.

Engagement: Members of the department develop intellectually through reflective learning which enables us engage with basic schools both within and outside the university community.

Ethical and responsible Behaviour: the department upholds the principles of integrity commitment and accountability. It therefore prepares its members and provides opportunity for the demonstration of these values in all its activities.

Equality of Access to all Opportunities and Services: We are an equal opportunity provider to all categories of persons and organizations.

Empowerment: the department provides opportunities and support for staff and students to engage in enquiry and lifelong learning that is meant to enhance confidence for contribution to personal and community development.

PROGRAMMES

The Department of Basic Education runs both sandwich and regular programmes. These are:

REGULAR PROGRAMMES

Master of Philosophy in Basic Education

Bachelor of Education in Basic Education

Bachelor of Education in Early Childhood Education

Post-Diploma Degree in Basic Education

 

SANDWICH PROGRAMMES

Master of Education in Basic Education (Proposed)

Diploma in Early Childhood Education

Certificate in Early Childhood Education

ACADEMIC AND ACCOUNTABILITY PLAN (AAP)

This section of the document describes professional development and students’ appraisal performance and also outlines goals to be achieved from 2012 to 2017 by students. The key issues provide information on students’ appraisal performance in relation to the set goals of the department. These enabling goals are what the department intends to evaluate and measure from time to time. Accordingly, it is an accountability cycle to provide progress report on students’ performance and annual growth of the department. What the department hopes to achieve is unprecedented success through well positioned and clear strategic vision that will deal with the challenges ahead.

 

 

Professional Development and Students’ Appraisal Performance: Expectations

Table 1 indicates that student intake has increased from 346 to 420 in 2007/2008 academic year to 2011/2012 academic but 2008/2009 recorded the least intake of students with total number of 197 comprising 169 Bachelor of Education (Basic Education) students, 65 Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood Education) students, and 11 Master of Philosophy (Basic Education) students. The highest intake of students took place in 2011/2012 academic year with total intake for Bachelor of Education in Basic Education (221), Bachelor of Education in Early Childhood Education (185) and Master of Philosophy in Basic Education (14) (Figure 1).

The Department of Basic Education hopes for an increase in the total number of qualified students’ intake to about 50% by 2017.

The increase in intake is necessary to have more qualified teachers to fill existing vacancies in the country. Also, the performance of well qualified teachers from the department are indications for quality teaching and learning in schools. A new vision is that, the department decides to diversify its programmes to fit into international education context. More so, the department wishes to have a research centre in education so as to promote international collaboration, that is, exchange programmes with the University of South Florida University in the USA, and the University of Monash in Australia by the year 2017.

 

Table 1: Distribution of Students by Programmes: From 2007-2012

 

 

                                                 PROGRAMMES

 
 

YEAR

B.ED (BASIC EDUCATION)

 

B.ED (EARLY CHILD EDUC)

MPHIL (BASIC EDUC)

Sum of TOTAL

2007/08

111

220

15

346

2008/09

169

17

11

197

2009/10

213

65

16

294

2010/11

264

136

15

415

2011/12

221

185

14

420

TOTAL

978

623

71

1672

Grand Total

1956

1246

142

3344

 

 

Figure 1: Graphical Representation of Students’ Admissions: From 2007-2012

 

 

Source: Admissions Register (2007-2012) University of Cape Coast

Key: Series 1= B.Ed (Basic Education), Series 2= B.Ed (Early Childhood                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Education), Series 3= Master of Philosophy (M.Phil. Basic Edu)

 

Expansion and Strategies for Higher Learning

  • The department plans to have broad-based curriculum which will offer more opportunities for undergraduates and post-graduate students to integrate courses and pursue new courses, so as to develop more professional skills and competencies.
  • There are also plans to run the following programmes by 2017: These include,

M.Phil: Early Childhood Education,

PhD: Early Childhood Education

M.Phil: Teaching and Learning

M.Phil: Gender and Development

M.Phil Educational Issues and Law

 

 

Students’ Progress

Students’ progress shows academic achievement from 2008 to 2012. The progression runs through undergraduate to post-graduate levels.

The progress report calls for expansion in facilities, adequate staff, more teaching and learning resources to enhance professional competencies which are part of quality assurance requirements of the University.

The Department of Basic Education realising the importance of Information Communication Technology is now integrating the use of ICT tools to facilitate teaching and learning, and research. Courses are being reviewed with contemporary research contents to provide knowledge-based opportunities for Teacher Trainees to cope with the current trends in instructional planning, delivery, and research at local and international levels.

 

Figure 2: Students’ Progress Report From 2007-2012

 

 

Source: Annual Examination Reports (2008-2012) University of Cape Coast.

The performance levels are indications that, Department of Basic Education students do equally well in both Education and Cognate courses. This has the implication that, students perform well in professional courses and general courses outside the department. The department has plans to revive the academic standing so as to maintain competitiveness and comparative advantages.

  • The good performance of students implies a brighter future with the opportunity to develop key employability skills central to their future success.
  • Students in the final year of the undergraduate programme will be compelled to defend their project work as part of scholarly work in a professional context.
  • The department hopes to develop professional and enterprise skills training programmes for students at the PhD level by 2017.

 

 

Projections

  1. To have centre for professional practice and policy management for research programmes by 2017.
  2. To solicit help from the Ministry of Education (MOE), and donor agencies for a guest house project for visitors including foreign students and partners.
  3. To expand the Basic Education computer centre and equip it with modern facilities to enhance teaching and learning.

 

Target

The department is to be producing at least 20,000 teachers to fill vacancies in urban and rural communities in Ghana by the year 2017.

 

CORPORATE STRATEGIC THRUST

The information provides Swot analysis of the department. This includes: strengths, required strengths, opportunities, threats, suggestions and core responsibilities.

 

Strengths

  1. Strong reputation for offering quality programmes
  2.  Committed and results-oriented
  3. Innovation and team-work
  4. Diversity of programmes
  5. Maintaining higher academic standards
  6. Commitment to research knowledge
  7. Good staff- student relationships
  8. Highly skilled self-motivated and dedicated staff

Required Strengths

  1. Infrastructural resources
  2. More academic staff
  3. More office space and teaching laboratory/studios for ECE.
  4. More access to ICT
  5. More effective teamwork
  6. More collaboration with GES and other sister universities and NGOs
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  • Increased interest in professional education.
  • Government emphasis and public demand for teacher training programmes.
  • Private development drive of the government in the area of early childhood development.
  • Internet access / information communication technology
  • Collaboration and linkages with international Universities in the field of Basic Education and Early Childhood Development and Research

 

  •  
  • Competition from public and private Universities, and colleges of education
  • Weak linkages between various departments in terms of synchronization of curricula in the Basic Education Programmes
    1. Inadequate funding for the Department

 

 

 

 

Suggestions

Core  Responsibilities

  1. Expectations – provision  of adequate resources
  2. Recruitment of adequate academic and ancillary staff
  3. Provision of adequate office space
  4. Provision of well-equipped teaching laboratory to enhance professional practice

 Head of Department (HOD), Academic Staff, and supporting staff.

Tasked to perform their rights and responsibilities.

 

 

Key Thrust 1: Create an environment that seeks to improve student life, foster focused learning and graduate students with strong ethics and commitment to society

No.

Key Action

Primary Responsibility

Secondary Implementers

Activities

Targets/Time Frame

1.

Establish a Student Support unit within the Department.

Head of Department

 

 

Faculty

 

Administrator

Establish the Student Support Unit

 

Develop a plan of operation for the Unit

Members of unit and clear duties known by all students by mid Y2014

2.

Establish a rapid response system to address students’ grievances.

Head of Department

 

 

Student Support Unit

 

Academic Counselors

 

Administrator

 

  1.  

Organize staff-student consultative meetings at least once a semester at the Departmental level

First meeting by mid Y 2014

 

 

Extend advisory system to cover all academic/administrative staff

Advisory Team by end of Y2014

Allocate/assign students to lecturers  /advisors

Academic counsellors assigned at the beginning of every academic  year (2014-2019)

Create a system of feedback from students and faculty.

Feedback system known to all by mid Y 2014

3.

Provide necessary facilities to facilitate effective teaching and learning.

Head of Department

Administrator

Resource Centre team

Identify, purchase and  supply materials to all units within the Department

 

Provision of materials at the beginning of every semester

Recruit tech-support personnel

Recruitment by end of Y2014

4.

Establish a social in-reach and outreach programme for students and the communities around.

Head of Department

Faculty

BESA

Develop a community support programme

Programme drawn by end of Y2014

Provide student-based teaching support services to deprived Early childhood and Basic schools in Cape Coast 

Establish MOU with Metro Educ. Directorate by end of Y2014

Strengthen the Department’s student outreach programmes

Begin visits to Schools by Mid Y 2015

 

Key Thrust 2: To Create a Conducive Working Environment, which Recognizes Equal Opportunities for Faculty, Staff and Students

No.

Key Action

Primary Responsibility

Secondary Implementers

Activities

Targets/Time Frame

1.

Provide staff with well-equipped offices/ work stations.

Head of Department

 

Administrator

 

Purchasing and supplying needed resources

 

resource all offices by the end of Y2016

 

periodic monitoring of facilities

 

Visit all office at least once a semester (2014-2019)

2.

Establish a framework for rapid response to staff concerns and grievances.

Head of Department

Administrator

Academic Advisors

Organize staff forum once in a semester at the Department.

 

First staff forum by mid Y 2014

3.

Institute Annual Award Schemes

Head of Department

 

 

Administrator

Faculty

BESA

Establish Awards Committee

 

 

Committee established by end of Y2014

Prepare/develop guidelines for assessment/appraisal forms of staff/students

 

Appraisal forms ready by end of Y 2014

Assessment of staff

 

Begin Appraisal by end of Y 2015

4.

Establish staff training programmes

Head of Department

Administrator

Faculty

Organise workshops, seminars, and conferences for both lecturers and students on their academic needs

 

One such training programmes by end of Y 2014

5

Provide equal opportunity for staff and students

Head of Department

Administrator

Faculty

 

Male – Female enrolment ratio progressively equalised

At least 45% female enrolment by end of 2017

 

Key Thrust 3: Recruit, select, develop and retain high caliber and motivated teaching and administrative staff

No.

Key Action

Primary Responsibility

Secondary Implementers

Activities

Targets/Time Frame

1.

Undertake staff audit

Head of Department

 

 

 

 

 

Administrator

 

 

 

Teaching Staff

 

  • Establish additional staff requirements.

Report ready by end of Y2015

 

  • Develop a comprehensive database on staff qualifications and age profile to assist with HRM decisions.

Database ready by end of Y2014

 

 

  • Develop broad-based curriculum which allows students to be generalists and subject specialists

Reviewed curriculum ready by end of Y2016

2.

Undertake sponsorship drive to promote academic work and functions.

Head of Department

 

 

Faculty

 

Administrator

 

BESA

 

Fundraising Team

 

  • Develop and draft guidelines for academic work and social activities

Guidelines ready by end of Y2015

  • Set up fund raising team.

Team established by end of Y2014

  • Identify Sponsoring organizations

Sponsors identified by mid Y2015

  • Prepare fund raising proposals

Proposals ready by end of Y2015

3.

Institute scholarship for staff training

Head of Department

Administrator

 

  •  
  • Identify sponsoring organizations for Masters and PhD

 

Sponsors identified by mid Y2015

  • Establish a fund for staff training

Fund secured by end of Y2015

  • Sponsor staff for short term/professional programmes

First sponsorship by end of Y2016

 

 

Key Thrust 4: Create a Learning Organization Culture that Enhances Teamwork, Efficiency, Discipline and Commitment

No.

Key Action

Primary Responsibility

Secondary Implementers

Activities

Targets/Time Frame

1.

Adopt a mechanism for continuously projecting the vision of the Department of Basic Education and that of the University.

Head of Department

 

 

 

 

 

Faculty

 

Administrator

  • Appoint a team to review the curriculum

 

 

  • Establish project management team to coordinate projects.

 

 

  • Organize and participate in exhibitions

Review done by end of Y2015

 

Team established by end of Y2014

 

Organization and participation in exhibitions (2014 -2020)

2.

Promote creativity, innovation and culture of continuous learning at the individual and group levels.

 

Head of Department

 

 

 

Faculty

 

Administrator

 

Research Team

 

 

  • Improve mentoring system

 

 

  • Encourage department research projects

 

 

 

 

  • Organize orientation courses/ workshops/seminars and interactions for lecturers

 

 

  • Organize refresher courses for administrative staff.

Provide mentors for newly recruited staff

 

Research teams present at least one paper every semester

(2015- 2020)

 

 

Orientation programmes and refresher courses organized at least once a year.

 

 

Key Thrust 5: Promote active and reflective teaching and learning. Research, and Outreach programme that Strongly Positions University of Cape Coast as a Centre of Excellence

No.

Key Action

Primary Responsibility

Secondary Implementers

Activities

Targets/Time Frame

1.

Create a conducive environment for Teaching and Learning

Head of Department

 

 

Administrator

 

Librarian

  • Catalogue textbooks using software.

 

  • Improve Library acquisitions by subscribing Journal and database

 

  • Create Departmental Library

 

  • Strengthen ICT support in the Children’s library and the department.

Catalogue ready by end of Y 2014

 

Current stock increased by 5% per year ( 2014 – 2017)

 

Library created and equipped with Internet facility by end of Y2016

2.

Promote student-centered teaching with practical exposure

Head of Department

Faculty

  • Institute and encourage practitioners’ lectures.

 

  • Appoint a coordinator for students’ fieldwork.

Practitioners’ lectures instituted by end Y2015

 

 

Coordinator to be appointed by end of Y2014

3.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Engage in outreach activities around the university and beyond

Head of Department

Research Team

  •  
  • Organize conference(s)
  •  

One every two years

  1.  
  • Improve department of Basic Education and research work.

 

Research teams present at least one paper every semester (2015- 2020)

  • Assign faculty to outreach schools
  •  

faculty assigned to schools

by end of Y2014

 

  • Organize career seminars for basic school teachers and in-service training programmes for school heads.

Inset programmes instituted by end of Y2015

 

4.

Utilize ATL FM to enhance teaching and learning and dissemination of research finding

Head of Department

Head of Department

Faculty

Administrator

  • Discuss matters of interest in Basic and Early Childhood Education
  • To share research findings
  • Educate the public on the programmes/courses run in the department

Collaboration with ATL FM instituted by end of Y 2015

 

Key Thrust 6: Develop new Programmes, Periodically Revise Existing Ones, and Vigorously Pursue Sandwich Education

No.

Key Action

Primary Responsibility

Secondary Implementers

Activities

Targets/Time Frame

1.

Review existing programmes

Head of Department

Head of Department

Review Committee

  • Constitute a team to review existing programmes

 

  • Committee reviews existing programmes

Team constituted by end of Y2014

 

Committee presents report by mid Y2015

1.

Mount new undergraduate programmes

Head of Department

 

 

 

 

 

 

Head of Department

Faculty

Follow up on Division of Academic Affairs and NCTE about proposed programmes

Mount Post Diploma Basic Education (Sandwich)

Prepare documents to secure more accreditation for Bachelor of Education degree programmes with combined options in

  • Education
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • English
  • Social Studies
  • Ghanaian Language
  • RME
  • Art Education
  • Basic Design and Technology
  • ICT
  • Creative Arts
  • French

Approval received by mid Y2014

 

Documents prepared and submitted to academic board by end of Y2014

2.

Mount New Graduate Programmes

Heads of Department

 

 

 

 

 

Head of Department

  •  
  • Develop Proposals for M.Phil Early Childhood and M. Ed. Early Childhood

 ( Sandwich)

 

  • Submit  programme documents for consideration by Academic Board

 

  • Follow up on Academic Board about proposed programmes

 

Proposal prepared and submitted to academic board by mid Y2014

 

 

 

 

Approval expected by end of Y2014

 

 

 

Key Thrust 7: Develop and Strengthen Integrated ICT Infrastructure and Facilities that Robustly Supports Teaching and Learning, Research Outreach, Administration and Support Services

No.

Key Action

Primary Responsibility

Secondary Implementers

Activities

Targets/Time Frame

1.

Create an Integrated ICT operational guideline for the Department.

Head of Department

Administrator

Resource centre Team

ICT Centre

  • Draw up an Integrated ICT operational guidelines for the Department
  • Implement the ICT policy

IICT guidelines ready and operational by end Y2014

2

Integrate ICT into teaching and learning, research and outreach programme.

Head of Department

 

Administrator

Faculty

Resource centre Team

ICT Centre

·   Acquire ICT tools to support teaching and research

 

·   Organize workshops for Lecturers on using the World Wide Web, as well as ICT-driven technologies in the delivery of their courses.

Required ICT tools acquired by end of Y 2016

 

Required training for faculty conducted by end of Y2015

3.

Upgrade the Department’s Education Resource Preparation Centre.

Head of Department

 

Administrator

Resource centre Team

ICT Centre

·   Assess state of the Education Resource Preparation Centre’s ICT infrastructure

 

·   Acquire/service computers and Accessories

·   Install computers and accessories.

Assessment of situation by end of Y2014

 

Acquisition and Servicing

 (2014 -2017)

4.

Design and run mandatory computer and internet literacy programmes for both students and academic staff

Head of Department

Resource centre Team

ICT Centre

·   Design ICT training programs and learning materials for upgrading lecturers and students

 

·   Organize training programs for lecturers and students.

Programme ready by end of Y2014

 

 

Training programme

(2015 – 2020)

5.

Promote a strict maintenance culture in the use of ICT facilities.

Head of Department

Academic staff

Administrator

Students

Administrator

Resource centre Team

ICT centre

·      Prepare maintenance schedule

·      Enforce maintenance schedule

·      Provide regular update of information on new developments in the world of ICT and how to maintain our ICT facilities

Maintenance schedule followed through

(2014 -2020)

 

 

 

Key Thrust 8: Improve upon Physical Infrastructure and Support Service that Enhance Teaching and Learning, Research and Outreach

No.

Key Action

Primary Responsibility

Secondary Implementers

Activities

Targets/Time Frame

1.

Renovate the Education Resource Centre and Administration building.

Head of Department

Administrator

Maintenance Section

  • Engage services of contractors to renovate the department building

 

  • Expand the resource centre

Department building renovated by end of Y2016

 

Resource Centre expanded by end of Y2017

2.

Ensure a healthy and attractive physical environment and enforce good environmental protection practices

Head of Department

 

Administrator

Faculty

BESA

 

  • Prepare maintenance schedule

 

  • Implement and enforce maintenance schedule

Maintenance schedule in place by end of Y2015

 

3.

Promote a maintenance and cost saving culture in the use of physical facilities and utilities

Head of Department

Administrator

Electricity Section

  • Organize training on energy saving measures for department, staff and students
  • Include energy saving devices in existing buildings and new design
  • Enforce maintenance schedule

 

 

Training organized by mid of  Y 2015

 

Maintenance schedule in place by end of Y2015

 

4.

Establish a system for rapid response to infrastructural maintenance and support services needs.

Head of Department

Administrator

Maintenance Section

  • Create s system for recording infrastructural maintenance needs and responding to them in record time.
  • Prepare and institute financial plans (emergency) for infrastructure maintenance

System established by end of Y2014

 

 

 

 

 

 

Key Thrust 9: Develop Linkages with Local and Foreign Institutions, Alumni and Partnership

No.

Key Action

Primary Responsibility

Secondary Implementers

Activities

Targets/Time Frame

1.

Establish collaborations with Institutions and professional bodies

Head of Department

Head of Department

Faculty

·        Prepare proposals for institutional linkages

·        Contact institutions

·        Establish linkages with local,  national and international experts in Basic Education  and related disciplines

·        Establish linkages with national and international publishers

·        Strengthen collaborations with GES and MOE.

Proposals ready by mid Y2014

 

Initial contacts made by end of Y2014

 

 

 

Visit GES and MOE by end of Y2014

2.

Identify and open communication lines with institutions and organizations

Head of Department

Head of Department Faculty

·         Communicate with educational institutions and organizations targeted

·         Appoint coordinators for students-specific programmes

Initial contacts made by end of Y2014

 

Coordinators appointed by end of Y 2014

3.

Conduct tracer studies to identify Alumni

Head of Department

Administrator

Academic counselor

BESA

·         Set a team for the Alumni Association

·         Build database of Alumni

·         Prepare Alumni Directory for department

·        Review Directory annually

Team put together by end of Y 2014

 

Database built and reviewed annually

(2014-2020)

4.

Strengthen DBE Alumni Association

Head of Department

 

Administrator

BESA

Resource centre Team

 

·       Establish Alumni Relations desk in the Department

·      Create Committee on Alumni Relations

·      Build and maintain Social Media, Facebook, Twitter, Skype, etc.

Alumni desk established by end of Y2014

 

DBE Alumni page built on social media by end of Y2014

 

 

 

 

Key Thrust 10: Improve Upon Management Capacity and Institutional Governance System

No.

Key Action

Primary Responsibility

Secondary Implementers

Activities

Targets/Time Frame

1.

Build Management capacity

Head of Department

Administrator

Faculty

  • Conduct human resource audit
  • Identify staff training needs

 

 

  • Organize training programmes on leadership, mentoring, supervision, advancement, etc

HR audit done by end of Y2014

 

 

Regular training and continuous mentoring and supervision programme established by end of Y2015

2.

Build Capacity for all Support Staff

Head of Department

Administrator

Faculty

  • Organize training programmes

Regular training programme established by end of Y2015

 

 

 

Key Thrust 11: Vigorously Work to Improve Revenue Generation and Enforce Fiscal Discipline

No.

Key Action

Primary Responsibility

Secondary Implementers

Activities

Targets/Time Frame

1.

Strengthen our sandwich programmes to generate more revenue

Head of Department

 

Academic Staff

Administrative Staff

 

  • Organize sandwich programmes
  • Design course outlines for students
  • Generate funds to maintain facility and cater for staff needs

Running of Sandwich Programmes

(2014-2020)

2.

Fund Raising

Head of Department

 

Fundraising team

 

Prepare fundraising proposals

Proposals ready by end of Y2015

3.

Search for Research grants

Head of Department

Faculty

  • Establish grant writing committee
  • Monitor calls for papers, requests for proposals and expression of interest
  • Prepare proposals

Committee established by end of Y 2014

 

 

Proposals ready by mid Y2015.

4.

Pursue Consultancy Jobs

 

 

Administrator

Faculty

  • Establish a Consultancy Unit
  • Strengthen the unit by providing office space
  • Organize trainer of trainers programme
  • Develop Training programmes
  • Prepare a business plan for the Consultancy Unit
  • Observe/Comply with financial regulations
  • Evaluation of consultancy reports

Unit established by end of Y2014

 

 

 

 

Programmes planned and implemented byend of Y2015

 

 

Documents Consulted

 

UCC Corporate Strategic Plan (2003-2008).

 

Department of Educational Studies Strategic Plan (2010-2015), University of Manchester, UK.

 

B.Ed (Primary Education) Degree Programme Document, 1995, UCC, Ghana.

 

 

 

Planning Team

  1. Dr Clement Agezo- HOD
  2. Mr. Alex Kwao-Chairman
  3. Dr Awo Abena Amoa Sarpong-Member
  4. Mr Mumuni Thompson-Member
  5. Mr George Benneh Mensah - Secreatary
  6. Mr Appiah John – Co-opted member

 

 

 

The Department of Basic Education is committed to the core values of:

Academic Excellence: The department of Basic Education strives to promote innovative, academic and high standard intellectuals who believe in putting research theory to practical problem solving in improving quality education exposing students and staff to cutting edge technology.

Engagement: Members of the department develop intellectually through reflective learning which enables us engage with basic schools both within and outside the university community.

Ethical and responsible Behaviour: the department upholds the principles of integrity commitment and accountability. It therefore prepares its members and provides opportunity for the demonstration of these values in all its activities.

Equality of Access to all Opportunities and Services: We are an equal opportunity provider to all categories of persons and organizations.

Empowerment: the department provides opportunities and support for staff and students to engage in enquiry and lifelong learning that is meant to enhance confidence for contribution to personal and community development.

The department offers have broad-based curriculum which will offer more opportunities for undergraduates and post-graduate students to integrate courses and pursue new courses, so as to develop more professional skills and competencies. again, the Department of Basic Education realising the importance of Information Communication Technology is now integrating the use of ICT tools to facilitate teaching and learning, and research. Courses are being reviewed with contemporary research contents to provide knowledge-based opportunities for Teacher Trainees to cope with the current trends in instructional planning, delivery, and research at local and international levels.

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