The Vice Chancellor of the University of Cape Coast (UCC), Mr. Domwini Kuupole has cut the sod for the construction of a multi-storey classroom block designated for College of Distance Education at Jumapo in the New Juaben Municipality of the Eastern Region.
The GH¢14.456 million project, which is expected to be completed within 30 months, involves the construction of 13 lecture halls with elevators, 10 offices, three laboratories, a library, and an Information Communication Technology (ICT) centre.
Addressing a short ceremony, Prof. Kuupole indicated that the development of the Jumapo campus was part of the university’s expansion drive to help in increasing access to quality tertiary education.
He said University of Cape Coast’s Distance Education programme was initiated in 1992 and has regional campuses in the Upper East, Upper West, Kumasi and Accra.
While commending the chiefs making available the land for the project, he also implored them to continually provide the needed support to enable the contractor to complete the project on time.
He was optimistic that when completed, the school would facilitate development and contribute towards economic growth of the country.
For his part, Pro-vice chancellor of the UCC College of Distance Education, Professor Isaac Galyuon, said the college was committed in providing the platform for quality distant education to help those who could not afford the traditional classroom system due to time and distant constraints, to access education.
He gave the assurance that the College would continue to partner all stakeholders to promote education in the Eastern Region and Ghana at large.
Ms. Gertrude Mensah, Eastern Regional Director of Education, commended the UCC management for establishing a Distance Campus in the region, adding that it will serve as great opportunity for all, particularly workers to upgrade themselves.
From David Kodjo, Koforidua.