St. Ambrose College of Education holds first congregation

Professor Domwin Dabire Kuupole, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Cape Coast, on Saturday noted that teacher education should seek to create a human talent pool that can adapt to new ideas, cultures and the environment.

He said that calls for breakthrough and bold thinking on the part of stakeholders, because “the provision of quality education is imperative since it is a catalyst for development”.

Prof Kuupole was speaking at the first congregation of the St Ambrose College of Education at Dormaa-Akwamu in the Brong-Ahafo Region.

It was on the theme: “Provision of Quality Teacher Education in Ghana-A Shared Responsibility.”

One-Hundred and Eighty-Two (182) pioneering students graduated with Diploma in Basic Education after three years of training involving two year-on-campus and one year-off-campus programme.

He said quality must take into account the requirements and expectations of  stakeholders including government, employers, professional and religious bodies, academic institutions, students, parents and society at large.

Prof Kuupole stressed that to achieve quality teacher education in the country requires “Curriculum Design and Transaction”, “Research, Development and Extension”, “Infrastructure and Learning Resources”, “Student Support Services” and “Organisation and Management”.

He said these are very important indicators that could not be ignored in the country’s quest to give holistic education to teacher trainees and provide the desired quality teaching to meet the needs of the society.

Prof Kuupole therefore urged Colleges of Education to put in place the best strategies to offer the best training to teacher trainees so that they in turn would produce students to become professionals and future leaders of the country.

Most Reverend Matthew Kwasi Gyamfi, Catholic Bishop of Sunyani observed that it is important for the country to train teachers who would make a positive and transforming difference in the teaching profession.

Reverend Father George Kyeremeh, Principal of the College said the institution have student population of 659 with 501 on campus and 158 doing their off-campus teaching practice in four districts in the region.

He pleaded with the Ministry of Education and Ghana Education Service to offer placement to the College’s graduates in public schools.

Source: GNA

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