The Principal of the Seventh-Day Adventist College of Education (SDACOE) at Asokore in the Eastern Region, Professor William Koomson, has suggested the use of smartphones for teaching and learning in senior high schools (SHSs).
He has also proposed to the government to allow SDACOE to create a centre for teaching using smartphone technology.
Professor Koomson made the suggestion at the 11th congregation of SDACOE during which 403 students passed out with a Diploma in Basic Education.
Ten of the students obtained first class, 111 had second class upper, 178 had second class lower, 82 had third class while 22 had passes.
Explaining the rationale for the suggestion, Prof. Koomson said there were quality educational resources in print, audio, video and other forms and smartphones could be easily used to access such materials.
“Regular assessment will be possible via online platforms and students with lots of assignments will be given time to submit each assignment which can be done via their smartphones using WhatsApp, Twitter and others,” Prof. Koomson added.
He, therefore, called for the training of teachers and lecturers in smartphone technology to be able to handle the situation.
With regard to the licensing of Ghanaian teachers, he said, their certificates would be recognised in any part of the world and praised the government for that initiative.
He called on the government to improve on resourcing colleges of education to make them stronger to partner with established public universities for the proposed three-year period.
The Executive Secretary of the National Board for Professional and Technician Examinations (NABTEX), Mrs Sheila Naa-Boamah, who represented the Minister of State in charge of Tertiary Education, Professor Kwasi Yankah, advised the newly qualified teachers to care, inspire and nurture the young ones to be placed under their care and that they must exhibit the highest standard and ideals of the teaching profession.
She was hopeful that with their Adventist training background, they would live up to expectation.
Focus on goals
In his address, the Chief Executive of the Svaniker Group of Companies, Mr Thomas Svaniker, urged the graduands to be time-conscious and focus on their goals to succeed in life.
For his part, Dr Sam Awuku, an educational consultant and old student of the college, urged the new teachers to be creative and help mould the character of pupils entrusted in their care.
On behalf of the graduands, Mr Benjamin Apraku Mensah expressed appreciation to the college and parents for their support.
Mr Svaniker later donated a vehicle (van) to the college and also pledged to provide them with a generator.