Accra College of Education on Saturday, May, 8, 2021 graduated the 2019 and 2020 cohorts with Diploma in Basic Education.
The ceremony hosted quiet a number of high profiled dignitaries – Dr. Yaw Osei Adutwum (Minister of Education), Hon. Lydia Alhassan (MP, Ayawaso West), Robin Todd (CEO of T-TEL), Traditional leaders of Mempeasem community, Representatives from the Ghana Tertiary Education Commission (GTEC), University of Ghana, University of Cape Coast and other institutions.
The Minister of Education, Dr. Yaw Osei Adutwum who was the guest speaker couldn’t join the ceremony face to face instead through virtual means. In his address he congratulated and urged the graduands to go out there and make a difference in their profession because teachers are very important to the nation. He also spoke about the increment in book allowances in the Colleges of education to motivate teacher trainers. He further made mention that the reform of education in Ghana – development of a new Kindergarten to Primary six curriculum and other innovations that has been brought to bed in the tertiary education space will produce the best minds of teachers who would teach in our various schools because in order to transform a nation, we need to look at education.
According to the principal of the College, Dr. SAMUEL AWINKENE ATINTONO, “Education is about what you do with what you learnt, either you are a teacher or administrator, because only person who guarantee your future is you”.
In his presentation before the, the Principal expressed his profound gratitude to the Governing Council, Government, the MP of of Ayawaso West Wougon, Hon. Lydia Alhassan, the Ghana Education Tertiary Commission (GTEC) and management for their immerse support. ”I am particularly grateful to the staff of the college for their support, loyalty and hard work in the past years since my Assumption of office. Your hard work and commitment have made it possible for the graduands to complete their programmes successfully. This is very commendable and i believe we are on the right path to achieving our vision of academic excellence” he said.
He further said that these were the last batch of the Diploma in Basic Educational programme. The current students on campus are now offering the four Bachelor of Education programme. Accra College of Education currently offers three programmes. Thus, Bachelor of Education in Early Childhood Education, Primary Education and Junior High education”.
For the first batch,2018/2019 year group were 305 in total with 184 being males and 121 females. Out of his number, 6 graduands representing 2% obtained First Class, 79 representing 26% obtained second class upper, 118 representing 39% had second class lower, 58 representing 19% had third class and 44 representing 14% had pass.
The total number of staff in the College currently stands at One Hundred and thirty three (133) comprising of sixty three (63) academic staff and seventy .(70) non-academic staff. The college currently has two (2) part time Tutors and nineteen (19) casual workers.
For the past two years, the College has adopted a holistic approach to both Academic and infrastructural development of the college.
In response to the outbreak of the Covid – 19 pandemic, the College introduced the emergency remote teaching and learning. During the implementation of this online teaching and learning, it identified some challenges – some students with no mobile phones, data or internet.
The Principal emphasized that It was important to mention that for the past two years, the College has received nineteen (19) financial clearance from the ministry of finance through Ghana Tertiary Education commission (GTEC) which have used them to fill critical vacancies in academic and non-academic departments. He concluded by mentioning how grateful the College is to the Government but will continue to appeal for more since there is still huge inadequacy of staff in the various departments. We will continue to adopt measures such as annual submission of technical and financial request to GTEC to meet our human resource needs.