Authorities of the University of Education Winneba (UEW) have stressed the need for the Ghana Education Service (GES) and the Ministry of Education to involve the university in the development and modification of academic calendar for schools in the country.
This is to help the university arrange and align its sandwich programmes to suit the academic calendar so that more GES staff were enrolled on the programmes to improve their teaching skills and quality of output in classrooms.
Professor Mawutor Avoke, Vice Chancellor of the University, who made the appeal, said though the sandwich programme was designed as a viable option for solving problem of teacher quality and quantity, it was not intended to distract the academic calendar of GES.
He was speaking at the matriculation ceremony for the 2016/2017 sandwich session at the College of Technology Education (COLTECH) in Kumasi, on Friday.
A total of 881 were formally admitted into the university to pursue various post graduate and undergraduate education programmes at the COLTECH, campus in Kumasi.
Professor Avoke pointed out that, the sandwich programme was an emerging global innovation in teacher education, which sought to improve teaching competence in classrooms.
He said the programme had helped to enhance access for those seeking admissions into universities, adding that, the large number of students admitted for each contact period was a testimony for its importance.
Professor Avoke said the programme had been designed in such a way that people could develop themselves professionally whilst working.
He called on the government and other benevolent organizations to support the university to develop and expand its infrastructure in order to continue to increase intake of students to help solve the problem of teacher quality and quantity in the educational sector.