Beginning Second Semester online deadlier than COVID-19 – Teacher Trainees

Two Teacher Trainees have questioned the possibility of having an online education for the second semester for Colleges of Education amidst the COVID-19 Pandemic.

The trainees argued that beginning the Second Semester for Colleges of Education online was deadlier than COVID-19.

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Case of COVID-19 shows no signs of decreasing now. Due to this many educational institutions have no option than to resort to virtual learning to replace the normal face to face lectures. And colleges of education are no exception.

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Following the circular from Institute of education indicating the beginning of the second semester of the 2019/2020 academic year online, this information has brought mix-feelings among many trainees as many are divided as to whether starting the semester online will yield success or not.

The concerns of the collegians we believe must be acted upon before this initiative kicks to start.

Kick-starting the second semester of colleges of education online is a grave decision looking back at what happened last academic year when CETAG went on strike for a while and the semester was delayed.

We should be asking ourselves about the success rate of face-to-face lectures. How high is it that we want to employ online learning where students will have to learn from the comfort of their homes without any motivation from their colleagues to challenge them to learn?

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Have we considered those offering practical courses? How are they going to carry out their practical? Or for the sake of online learning, those courses are irrelevant? What about the special needs students? Any provisions made for them?

And those in 3rd years, are they going to continue the Teaching practice online? Or they will just wait when things normalize, write their exams pass and go? Are we after grades or professional development?

And what happens to our supported teaching in schools course? A whole chunk of concerns is to be addressed before making a concise and precise decision about starting semester online or else the end result will be nothing good to write home about.

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We further seek that results of the just ended semester be released before commencing semester online but if the results can wait until the pandemic is over then our concerns must be addressed before we roll out the initiative.

Following a survey conducted using google forms, taking concerns from trainees, as to whether the semester should start online or not about 70% of trainees of a total of 2165 students responded NO to the question; should the semester begin online?.

We also believe that some trainees were not able to partake in this survey because of lack of devices which could access the internet some responses also came late which we believe was a result of poor network.

Engaging students could be best but starting semester online now will be deadly to trainees more than the novel coronavirus.


We further acknowledge the good work by THE TEACHER TRAINEES ASSOCIATION OF GHANA (TTAG) for their efforts so far and wish of them to stand by trainees always so as to achieve the best.

The truth is, learning must halt until those issues are addressed so as to facilitate a beneficial and successful exchange of knowledge. We cannot afford to start the semester online and in subsequent months be begging officers to increase the number of credit hours that would amount to withdrawal.

We must study under sound mind and we cannot do that at this particular time. Let us halt the resumption of the semester and addressed the core issues. What benefit is education when we are unhealthy and dead?

##Address the issues to the benefits of all.
##or stop starting of semester online now.




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Ellis Ferdinand is a Journalist, Blogger and Founder of Ellis Multimedia, a parent company of, an Online Education News Blog, and Ellis Ferdinand is a Graduate of Accra College of Education and the University of Cape Coast, where he obtained a Diploma In Basic Education and a Bachelor of Education in Accounting. He is currently Reading his Master of Philosophy in Curriculum and Pedagogic Studies at the University of Education, Winneba in Ghana. Ellis Ferdinand won Blogger of the Year at the 2018 National Students’ Awards and was also adjudged 14th Best Ghanain Blogger in 2018 among the Top 50 Ghanaian Bloggers of 2018. He introduced the Concept of Education Blogging in Ghana in 2014 with his famous blog now His Blog won Best Media Promoting Education in 2017, 2018 and 2019 respectively, an Award organized by Neogenics Education Consult. In 2019, He adjudged the Most Promising West African Blogger of the Year in Nigeria. He won Writer of the Year at the 2021 EDUCOM AWARDS

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