The Ola College of Education is one of the 46 Colleges of Education in the country.
The Sisters of Our Lady of Apostles, a Catholic Missionary order, established the college in 1924. The college participated in the Sabre Trust’s Fast-track Transformational Teacher Training programme in 2016.
Our Lady of Apostles (OLA) College of Education, formerly known as OLA Training College, is the premiere women’s college in Ghana and the whole of Sub-Saharan Africa. It was established by the Missionary Sisters of Our Lady of Apostles (a Catholic Missionary Order).
The College started in 1924 in a little room at Saint Mary’s Convent School, Cape Coast when Rev. Mother Acquiline Tobin anticipated the need to train Ghanaian female teachers to help the white Sisters in running their convent schools.
Thus, with the support of her Religious Order, Mother Acquiline began the training of four young Ghanaian ladies who had completed Middle school with an outstanding performance from OLA Girls Senior High School (Ho).
Our Lady of Apostles College follows a holistic education model of educating the whole person, developing character, an entrepreneurial spirit, leadership potential, and spiritual growth.
To meet various teacher needs of the country, the college has run various pre-service teacher training programmes at different times.
From 1926 to 1960 the College operated as a two-year certificate ‘B’ College.
In 1960 a 4-year certificate ‘A’ teachers’ programme was started. A parallel two-year post ‘B’ programme was run alongside to upgrade certificate ‘B’ teachers to Certificate ‘A’
Between 1968 and 1973 the College was charged to run a specialist home economics course to train teachers for the country’s experimental junior secondary schools which were about starting.
In 1975 the college embraced a new educational reform and introduced the three-year post-secondary teachers’ programme which became the focal point for the training of teachers for almost thirty years.
In September 2002, a new Teacher Education Policy dubbed IN-IN-OUT was born, which followed a reform of upgrading teacher training colleges into diploma awarding institutions introduced in October 2004.
OLA College of Education received Institutional accreditation from the National Accreditation Board to run the following four programmes;
– 3-year Diploma in Basic Education general programme (regular).
– 3-year Diploma in Basic Education, Science and Mathematics programme (regular)
– 4-year Diploma in Basic Education by distance education (for non-professional teachers)
– 2-year Sandwich Diploma in Basic education (for Cert. ‘A’ teachers)
Currently, OLA College of Education has received an Institutional accreditation from Ghana Tertiary Education Commission (GTEC) to run the following programmes;
– 4-year Bachelor of Education in Early Childhood programme (regular).
– 4-year Bachelor of Education in Primary Education programme (regular).
– 4-year Bachelor of Education in Junior High School Programme (regular).
– 5-Semester (Sandwich) Bachelor of Education Degree in Basic education (for teachers with Diploma)
– 3-Semester Top-up (Sandwich) Bachelor of Education Degree in Basic education (for teachers with Diploma)
The college’s student Population has grown considerably over the years. Their enrolment which rose to 280 in 1962 now stands at 1,387. The academic staff establishment is 62, made up of 30 female and 32 male tutors and the non-teaching supporting staff is 50.
The college’s growth has been dependent on its vision, determination, hard work, and team management.
The growth is reflected in the expansion of the College’s physical plant made in recent years by the Government of Ghana through the Ministry of Education (Ghana), and with support from other development partners – Japan International Cooperation Agency(JICA), Arrownetworks, International Foundation for Education and Self Help (IFESH), UNESCO, Irish Aid and Mercy Education Fund (USA), and OLA Sisters International.
Other physical development projects include a thousand five hundred (1500) capacity Assembly Hall, an ultra-modern Resource Centre, a Science complex, a modern Library complex, Lecture Halls, and an ultra-modern E-learning Centre.
What strikes every visitor to the College is the impeccable cleanliness of the compound and halls of residence.
Ola College of Education Courses
Courses offered at the Ola College of Education are the approved programs to be run by the colleges in Ghana. These are programs accredited by the National Accreditation Board and supervised by the Ministry of Education.
We have a dedicated page about all the courses offered by the Ola College of Education. You may use the link above to access the page.
Ola College of Education Admission Requirements
Admission Requirements are the minimum criteria the school use when accepting a student into the college.
Since the colleges of education in Ghana are under the Ministry of Education, the Ministry of Education in consultation with other stakeholders like the Ghana Education Service set the admission requirements for all colleges of education in Ghana.
We have a dedicated page for the admission requirements for students who want to attend the Ola College of Education you can access the admission requirements by using the highlighted link.
Ola College of Education Admission Forms
Admission Form means the form provided by the school for parents/guidance to complete when accepting a place at the school. The admission forms for Ola College of Education can be accessed by visiting our dedicated page.
The page also has other vital information like the price for the various forms on sale, the year of programs available for admission, and a bit of the admission requirements for program-specifics.
Ola College of Education Admission List
The admission list of Ola College of Education is the list of students who have successfully been offered a place to study in the college. Students who want to apply to this college use the common platform used to apply to all the teacher training colleges in Ghana.
Successful students who met the admission requirements and the cut-off point of the college are admitted.
The list of successful applicants is published on the school’s website and notice boards. Most often, applicants are sent text messages confirming their acceptance into the institution.
The admission list may be accessed by using our dedicated page for the admission list of Ola College of Education.
Ola College of Education Fees Schedule
The fees schedule of the Ola College of Education is the approved academic fees and other related charges by the Ministry of Education.
Fees and most charges are determined by the Ministry of Education and Ghana Education Service.
However, you may have noticed that some colleges’ fees may be a bit higher compared to other colleges. This is because there are some extra charges the colleges of education are permitted to add to the approved fees.
You may visit our page for the fees schedule to determine the exact fees schedule of the Ola College of Education.
Applicants are advised to check the figures well to determine what they need to pay for and vice versa. All fees must be paid into the designated fees collection account of the college.
Ola College of Education Cut Off Points
The Cut-Off Point for Teacher Training Colleges in Ghana is aggregate 30. Applicants are to have credit passes (A1-C6) in three core subjects, including Core mathematics and English. Credit passes in two elective subjects (A1-C6) would also be considered in calculating the cut-off points.
So, in effect, three core subjects and two elective subjects would be used to calculate Cut off points for various Colleges of Education, which is aggregate 30.
NB: Cut Off Points of various colleges of education are revised on yearly basis. To stay up-to-date, you may visit our dedicated page for the Cut Off Point for Ola College of Education via the highlighted link.
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