Assin Fosu (C/R),
May 30, GNA - The Assin Fosu College of Education in the Central Region may not
be able to admit additional female students for its newly introduced five-
semester programme, which begins this academic year.
This is because the College's Female Block lacks adequate accommodation for female students.
The Principal of the College, Dr. Nana Kwaku Asiedu, who made this known at the Eighth Congregation of the School, said it was a major problem but unfortunately several appeals to stakeholders to solve the problem had been in vain.
"It looks like year in and year out, I keep on hammering this same problem, but help seems to come from no where,” he said. “Though several promises have been made they have all been in vain."
He said due to the urgent need of infrastructure, the College had been compelled to use an uncompleted multipurpose library, classroom and Science laboratory complex after the contractor abandoned the work.
He said the College's buses had been grounded making the movement of staff difficult, especially during teaching practice and other monitoring activities.
Another challenge was the encroachment on the School's lands by developers, he said, and called for assistance to stop it
“These notwithstanding, academic work continue to improve,” Dr Asiedu assured and urged the students to continue to excel.
He also advised the graduating students to be exceptional wherever they found themselves.
A total of 267 students graduated, of which eight had First Class Honours, 71; 121 fell in the Second Class Upper and Second Class Lower Divisions respectively. Sixty –four had Third Class and three had passes.
Dr. Richard Asiedu, the Chairman of the College Governing Council, declared the Council's support for the swapping of the monthly trainee teacher allowances with the student loan schemes.
He explained that it would give opportunities for many students to gain admission into Colleges of Education, which was previously difficult due to the quota system associated with the allowance.
Although he did not give the complete statistics to back his claim, he said admission into the Fosu College, which used to be about 900 students, had almost doubled since the scrapping of the allowance.
He urged the managers of the Student Loan Trust Fund to expedite action on the processing of students loans and also appealed to Government to ensure the prompt release of feeding grants.
The Reverend Professor Anthony Afful-Broni, the Pro vice Chancellor of the University of Education, Winneba, in an address read on his behalf, commended successive governments for increasing students’ enrollment and infrastructural development.
He, however, stressed that they should focus on improving on quality education.
He expressed worry that moral standard of students was fast degenerating and called for renewed vision for educational policy and practice that was fully in tune with the needs and issues of the 21st Century to improve the quality of education.
Mrs. Wilhelmina Asamoah, the Director of Tertiary Education at the Ministry of Education, announced that the Fair Wages and Salaries Commission and a review committee tasked to work on the migration of staff of the various Colleges onto the Single Spine Salary Structure had completed its work.
She said the Ministry was also working with the National Teaching Council, National Accreditation Board and the Universities of Education, Winneba and Cape Coast to improve the existing Curriculum of the Colleges of Education.
Interventions, she said, had been made with the GETFund to ensure that all ongoing projects were completed before new ones were started.
She said the outstanding feeding grants had been released, while funds had been made available to support the professional development of staff of the Colleges.
Mrs. Asamoah said the Government recognised the contribution of the Colleges to Education and that it was committed to improving their general conditions by equipping them to perform effectively.
The graduating students and staff who distinguished themselves were awarded.