A critical review of educational policy and practice suggests that formal academic preparation in educational administration has not been a pre-requisite for the appointment of school heads and educational administrators in Ghana. Appointments to such positions are based on years of experience in teaching. However, research evidence of best practices in education globally indicates that for school effectiveness, there is the need for school heads to integrate theory and practice of educational administration. The Institute for Educational Planning and Administration (IEPA) was set up and mandated by the Ministry of Education to fill up this lacuna which is yet to be achieved. The Institute is at the vanguard in preparing personnel in educational leadership, management, and planning.
The IEPA was established in August 1975 based on a joint agreement between the Government of Ghana and UNESCO/UNDP. It is charged with the responsibility of training experts and non-experts in the education sector. This strategic plan covers the period of 2012 – 2017, and addresses the mission, vision and strategic thrusts of IEPA. It focuses on the key mandate of the IEPA as the lead institute for the training and continuing professional development of educational leaders, managers and planners in Ghana.
The IEPA has a highly qualified staff with expertise in Educational Management and Leadership, Curriculum Planning and Development, Educational Planning, Policy Analysis, Research and Consultancy. As a centre of excellence, the IEPA maintains its position as the lead institute for the training of highly qualified personnel through the organization of regular graduate programmes, seminars, conferences, workshops and specialised professional courses. From a publicly founded institute, IEPA is increasingly moving towards becoming an autonomous entity. The landmark activity scheduled to take place during the implementation of this strategic plan is the launching and celebration of the IEPA at 40 (1975 - 2015).