Gbewaa College Is 60 Years




Alhaji-Limuna-Mohammed-MuniruAlhaji Limuna Mohammed Muniru, the Upper East Regional Minister on Saturday observed that a just and prosperous nation could be built only by educated, skilled well-informed and morally sound people.

He indicated that the government, as a social democrat, would ensure that every child and young person enjoyed their right to quality education so as to be in a good stead to earn a living and also contribute to the development of the nation.

The Regional Minister made the observation at the launch of the 60th anniversary celebration of the Gbewaa College of Education, at Pusiga, which is scheduled for November 30, this year.

It was under the theme, “Gbewaa College of Education @ 60: The journey to tertiary status and beyond”.
Alhaji Muniru noted that in view of the importance government attached to education, it had embarked on a massive expansion of educational infrastructure across the length and breadth of the country.

He said because the teacher was central to the success of the educational reforms in the country, teacher education and teacher satisfactions were of utmost concern to the government.

According to him, the government would continue to improve the general conditions of teachers through the payment of competitive salaries, provision of decent accommodation and enhanced retirement benefits, among others.

He explained that all the interventions the government had introduced into the educational sector would come to naught if teachers did not play their roles in ensuring that the standard of education improved in the country.

Alhaji Muniru, therefore, called on teacher unions to reflect on the spate of teachers’ strikes, absenteeism,  alcoholism and all other activities that were inimical to the delivery of quality education in the country.

He announced that Pusiga is a beneficiary of one of the 200 special Senior High Schools to be built by the government in some selected communities in the country.

According to him, in consultation with the chiefs and opinion leaders, a 58.7 acre land had been acquired for the project and urged all stakeholders to support the initiative.

Pastor Luke Abugri, Principal of the Gbewaa College of Education, tracing the history of the college said it was established by the government in 1953 to provide training for professional teachers to take charge of the basic schools that were fast springing up.

According to Pastor Abugri the college started with 14 male students and seven education officers including the Principal, E.H. Nicholson, a British Ex-serviceman adding that the first batch of students graduated on December 17, 1955.

He said the congregation was witnessed by the then Governor of Gold Coast, Sir Charles Arden Clarke who presented the leaving certificate and the cert “B” certificates to the first graduates of the college.

According to him, the college had produced many professionals who had served or were serving as teachers, politicians, traditional leaders, academicians as well as sportsmen and women.

He mentioned the late President Hilla Limann and Dr. Kwabena Adjei, National Chairman of the ruling NDC as some of the products of the school.

Pastor Abugri said although the college had benefited from successive governments in the area of infrastructure, the last five years saw a huge leap of infrastructural improvement and commended the government for the effort.

The Principal said the college was still confronted with problems such as lack of adequate staff accommodation, lecture rooms and halls of residence.

He appealed to the government to help solve, these problems and also provide security fence walls for the college as well as tar the college’s bad roads.

Mr. Asaki Zachariah Seidu, President of the Students’ Representative Council (SRC), commended the Principal, tutors and other staff of the college for their hardwork and sacrifice towards the academic achievements of the students’ inspite of the challenges confronting the college.

An appeal for funds in aid of the college yielded GH¢11,095 cash and pledges, including the gift of 100 dollars, CFA. 1,000 and five desk-top computers and their accessories.  From Ibrahim A. Mohammed, Pusiga

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