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Responsibilities of Colleges

The regulations that follow this section pay great attention to the academic and professional competence of the teacher. That is because it is much easier to spell out criteria related to intellectual performance.

It is understood, however, that the colleges in which teachers are prepared bear major responsibility for the development of the social and moral qualities required for teaching. It is also understood that many of these attributes are developed in the extra-curricular activities and the routine of life on campus. It is expected, therefore, that colleges will seek to have a rich cultural life in which there are imaginative and attractive programmes that are capable of capturing and maintaining the interest of the students, ultimately bringing them to certain commitments. It is expected also that the standard of discipline maintained in the colleges will promote good character, inter-personal skills, a caring attitude towards children and the abilities for appropriate social interaction. 

An important area in which the college will exercise its function of ensuring that good people are trained as teachers is the selection process. It is not possible within three years for an institution to rapidly form character and ensure the interpersonal skills needed for teaching. It is very important, therefore, that in addition to assuring that individuals meet the academic criteria, colleges ensure that the individuals selected for admission are persons who give the indication, from all the data gathered on them, that they are in possession of such attributes. It will also be imperative that colleges observe students carefully, especially in their first year, and where the selection process has proven faulty, invite such students to take up another career

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