Komenda College of Education launches 70th anniversary

Most Rev Titus A Pratt ( fourth from right) being assisted by Prof Dora Adu Boandu (left) to  unvail the anniversary cloth. Photo: Ebo Gorman

Most Rev Titus A Pratt ( fourth from right) being assisted by Prof Dora Adu Boandu (left) to unvail the anniversary cloth. Photo: Ebo Gorman

The Presiding Bishop of the Methodist Church, Ghana, the Most Reverend Titus K. Awotwi-Pratt has launched the 70th anniversary of Komenda College of Education, rallying all stakeholders to help propel it onto a higher pedestal.

The anniversary scheduled for next year, is on the theme “Providing quality teacher education in Ghana, the contribution of Komenda College and its stakeholders in 70 years.”

At a ceremony in Accra on Saturday, Most Rev. Awotwi-Pratt commended “KOMENCO”, as fondly called, for churning out quality teachers who are playing various vital roles in academia and other sectors.

An alumnus himself who graduated in 1971, he recalled how his Christian faith was strengthened through religious activities on campus, setting the pace for his journey to priesthood.

For training able men and women, he said there was therefore the need for government, alumni and other stakeholders to give the college the adequate support to continue its exploits.

Sited on a hill facing the sea in Komenda in the Komenda-Edina-Eguafo-Abirem (KEEA) Municipality of the Central Region, KOMENCO was established out of buildings, used as barracks and left by the Fleet Air of the British Navy after the Second World War

The buildings were leased to the Methodist Church Ghana in 1947 to be used as a Methodist training college, through the efforts of A. B. Sam, the then regent of Komenda and later renovated by government to suit an educational institution.

Guided by its Fante motto; “Bepowso Kurow Hyerεn” meaning a city set on a hill, shines forth, pioneers of  40 men were enrolled in 1948  to start a two-year certificate programme while the first batch of 30 women were enrolled in 1952.

Professor Eric Nyarko Sampson, Chairman, National Teaching Council (NTC) in his keynote address, underscored the need for quality teacher education due to their critical role in classrooms.

He said it was important for teachers to be dynamic, abreast of current trends in education and upgrade themselves so they would be relenting in the ever changing educational regime.

He called on all stakeholders to put their shoulders to the wheel and help the country fortify its education sector and produce more human resource for its socio-economic development.

Dr Evelyn Oduro, Executive Secretary of NTC said government was planning to introduce a number of reforms in line with the new tertiary statuses of Colleges of Education following the passage of the Colleges of Education Act 847 in 2012.

The Principal of KOMENCO, Mrs Comfort Sarpong Akosa commended founders and stakeholders for surmounting all challenges and pledged, with the support of all to continue the good works.

The launch was climaxed with the inauguration of the Greater Accra Chapter of KOMENCO Alumni.

BY JONATHAN DONKOR

 

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