The government is committed in the promotion of quality teacher education in the country to make it more relevant and beneficial to society, Senior Presidential Advisor, Yaw Osafo Maafo, has stated.
“In view of this everything possible will be done to improve infrastructure in our Colleges of Education as well as promote the welfare of teachers who are at the centre of education,” he assured.
Speaking at the 75th anniversary celebration of the Evangelical Presbyterian ((EP) College of Education, Amedzofe in the Ho West District of the Volta Region over the weekend, said the college had lived up to the responsibility as one of the outstanding Colleges of Teacher in the country.
“Indeed the college over the years distinguished itself as a pioneer of providing quality teachers with its alumni.”
With the theme: ‘Restoring the past glory; repositioning Ameco as a strategic partner in quality teacher education delivery in the 21st century’, Mr Osafo Maafo said there was the need to have colleges that have help the past, present, future generations “take stock of our achievements, prepare ourselves towards the centenary celebration.”
College of Teachers Education to finding permanent solutions to the myriad of problems confronting educational system especially in the rural communities in the country.
He noted that no nation can develop without paying attention to education, adding it is a weapon for development.
“Therefore if you want to develop you must pay attention to education with the teacher at the centre of the whole system,” he stressed.
He added further that the surest tool of doing away with poverty, ignorance and disease and any other such challenges confronting any nation is education.
“It is, therefore, not possible to confront challenges of the sector and improved teacher education without research and we need to build the capacity of staff to be proactive towards that.
The Vice-Chancellor of University of Ghana, Professor Nana Aba Appiah Amfo in her remarks, said the upgrade of teacher training colleges to Colleges of Education was not just a matter of symmatics it came along with certain upgraded expectations.
They are not only expected to teach but contribute to knowledge, do research and publish it which they are doing as school’s mentor.
The Volta Regional Minister, Dr Archibald Letsa called on the trainees to continue to amass knowledge to aid them in making significant changes in their lives and society.
As you move to the next stage of your lives, remember to uphold the values of the college thus respect, commitment and loyalty.
The Principal of the College Dr Dickson Tsey, noted that the college started in 1946 as a male institution with 30 students but now remains as a mixed school with a population of 1057 students.
The students at the celebration, Osafo Maafo (Inset)
FROM KAFUI GATI, AMEDZOFE