A total of 398 teachers over the weekend graduated with Diploma in Basic Education from the Accra College of Education at the College’s eighth graduation ceremony
The graduands were made of 218 three-year regular students and 180 two-year sandwich students.
Out of the number, six of the graduands from the regular batch, obtained First Class honours, the best in the history of the College.
Addressing the graduands, the guest speaker, Professor Jonathan Fletcher, Dean of the School of Education and Leadership at the University of Ghana, called on policy makers to prioritise teacher education so as to enable the country to achieve the desired progress in that area.
He said promotion of teacher education, which starts with the motivation of teacher educators, was key in producing quality teachers for the country’s classrooms.
Professor Fletcher said resourcing the colleges of education, remained a key component of promoting teacher education, which would help tutors at that level to well prepare their students after their training.
“Good education cannot be acquired without good teachers. Indeed teachers constitute the most important resource in education therefore the quality of learning that takes place in any institution of learning depends on the quality of teaching in that system”, he noted.
Mrs. Christina Bampo Henaku, Principal of the College, for her part, said the school was improving on its staff development to enhance teaching and learning in the school.
She said as part of the new academic structure of the College, all students would be campus residents and in order not to reduce the school’s already low enrolment figures, additional lecture halls and hostel facilities would be needed to take care of the expected surge in student numbers.
Mrs. Henaku was appreciative to government for its support in the provision of infrastructure including a newly constructed 1,500 capacity auditorium, but urged the Ghana Education Trust Fund to release funds for the completion of some outstanding projects.
The overall best student, Mr. Benjamin Amo, in a valedictory statement on behalf of his colleagues pledged to make a change in their respective areas of posting.
By Julius Yao Petetsi