CPCE engages programme to upgrade lecturers
The education sector is currently in a state of reform thus there is a massive drive to improve how lessons are delivered in the classroom. And there is no better place to engage such a drive than at the Cyril Potter College of Education (CPCE), where lecturers in their various fields are tasked with preparing hundreds of teachers for a similar feat within the school system.
It was against this background that an initiative aimed at improving curriculum delivery was introduced recently among lecturers of CPCE. And according to Principal of the training college, Ms Myrtle Fanfair, the innovative initiative which commenced a few weeks ago will in no way be short-lived.
Under the theme ‘Retooling for improved curriculum delivery’ the first phase of the initiative kicked off with a three day workshop for the lecturers who were drawn from the Turkeyen Training Centre and other centres located strategically across the country.
“As part of the education reform we want to ensure that teacher education is on board and so we have planned these workshops for our staff. It is not only the main centre at Turkeyen but we have invited representatives from all across Guyana where ever we have teacher training centres. We are looking at teachers from Regions One, Two, Three, Four, Six, and Linden. In addition, teachers from regions seven, nine and other parts of region 10 will get this crucial training.”
The intent, Fanfair said, is to ensure that lectures are relevant and current thus the need for lecturers delivery skills to be constantly upgraded.
Among the topics that have been listed high on the initiative’s agenda are clinical supervision, pedagogical skills – modelling good practices, and Information Technology, Fanfair disclosed. Pedagogical skills, she said, are especially crucial for new members of staff as they join the workforce at the training college. “We want to make sure that they are initiated into the right practices, particularly as it relates to the pedagogical principals,” Fanfair asserted.
Also essential for lecturers’ delivery of the curriculum is the use of Information Communication Technologies (ICTs). And according to the CPCE principal, lecturers must come to the understanding that ICTs do not merely mean the use of a computer. “Quite a number of persons as soon as they hear about ICTs they seem to want to think that it is a computer but we want to let them know that computers is only one aspect of it.”
In order to ensure that this particular aspect of the initiative yields the desired result, Fanfair said that CPCE has been liasing with the University of Guyana and Mr Anthony Galvin of Renaissance Learning in Canada. In fact Galvin, Fanfair said, was kind enough to consent to deliberate on some aspects of ICTs that may have been considered foreign to some lectures.
Fanfair, who has been principal at the training college for the past four years, said that the move to upgrade lecturers at the institution was also introduced as a mode of gaining improved performances from persons in training. “Like in any institution some students are doing exceptionally well, some are good performers but we do have some students who we would like to improve their performances. That is why we are looking at our pedagogical practices to ensure that we do all that we can to ensure that we as lecturers are able to offer the most effective practices so that learning will be more efficient.”
The first phase of the workshop, which is likely to become a permanent upgrade requirement for lecturers, was sponsored by the Canadian International Development Agency, Fanfair said.