Collaboration should be the Watchword for every Teacher- Prof. Martin Oteng-Ababio

Prof. Martin Oteng-Ababio delivering his address.

The Ag. Provost of the College of Education, Prof. Martin Oteng-Ababio has called on teachers and pre-service teachers to bear in mind that fostering collaboration, communication, critical thinking and creativity in the classroom is key in meeting learners’ academic expectations.

Speaking on the theme “Uplifting the standards of teaching, the role of the Collegian” at the Mount Mary College of Education Students Representative Council (SRC) Celebration Week, the Ag. Provost stated that, learners must be supported to develop a sense of equity, inclusion, innovation and accountability to make them responsible citizens.

A cross section of the audience

In his submission, Prof. Oteng-Ababio indicated that “too much competition for grades could negatively affect learner performance”. He argued that while a sense of competition may be necessary in the learning environment, it is crucial to draw a fine balance between competition and collaboration. He also mentioned that teachers should adopt strategies that encourage pupils to learn from their shortcomings and view challenges as opportunities to improve upon their capacity.

He noted that to facilitate learning in the classroom, there would be the need for Collegians to be empowered to deploy the right tools and methodologies in teaching at the basic schools.

Prof. Oteng-Ababio and the University Team in a group photograph with the Principal and staff of the Mount Mary College of Education

As part of the visit, the Ag. Provost and his Team also interacted with Management and Tutors of the Mount Mary College. The Acting Provost used the occasion to encourage staff to engage in research and also enroll in some postgraduate programmes offered at the University of Ghana. The team later addressed various concerns raised by the Tutors, which included promotion of staff, access to the university portal, academic issues, among others.

Dr. Mrs. Cecilia Agbeh, Principal of the Mount Mary College delivering her welcome address

In her welcome address, Dr. Mrs. Cecilia Agbeh, Principal of the Mount Mary College, thanked the University team for the visit and noted that such engagements create avenues for the two institutions to enhance collaboration, dialogue and to learn from each other. The Mount Mary College of Education is one of the six Colleges affiliated to the University of Ghana.

A picture of the University Team and Management of the Mount Mary College

The team from the university included Dr. Emmanuel Adjei- Boateng, Senior Lecturer and Coordinator of the B.Ed Programme, Dr. Kwaku Darko Amponsah, Head of the Department of Teacher Education, Mr. Philip Donkor Atsu, Financial Accountant and Audrey Djarbeng, Senior Administrative Assistant at the College of Education.