Meet Mr. DELA FRANCIS; Longest Serving Tutor from EGA Zone with 30 years’ practice

The News Desk of the Colleges of Education Weekly Journal is continuing with its initiative of identifying and celebrating the efforts of deserving personalities who are contributing greatly to the development of Colleges of Education in the country.

In this week’s edition of the Journal, we feature Mr. Dela Francis, the longest serving Tutor from the Eastern Greater Accra (EGA) Zone who has served as a Tutor for close to 30 years.

Mr. Dela Francis started teaching in September 1990 at St. Joseph’s Teacher Training College.

Started his Basic Education in 1966 and completed in 1976 at Mangoase R/C Basic School in the Eastern Region. He had his secondary education at Suhum Secondary Technical from 1976 to 1981. He then proceeded to Presbyterian Teacher Training College at Akropong from 1981 to 1984.  He then moved to Advance College of Education, Winneba from 1987 to 1990.

Had his first degree in Educational Psychology from the University of Cape Coast from 1997 to 2000 and had his Masters in Measurement and Evaluation from 2005 to 2007 also at University of Cape Coast.

He also attained his postgraduate Diploma in Distance Education from Indiarnguardin University in 2006.

In the year 2007, he moved to Kibi Presbyterian College of Education after his further studies at the University of Cape Coast.

In an interaction with Mr. Dela Francis, he stated, “I must say the 30 years’ service at the College has been very interesting. I have really enjoyed teaching at College because l was able to make professional impact on my students and anytime I interact with them, they are very appreciative of my efforts. Again, I had the corporation of my heads I worked with as well as my colleagues. The major challenge l encountered through the 30 years’ experience has been stress. This is because one has to battle a lot to make ends meet financially”.

“My memorable moments during my 30 years’ service was my second year of working in the College that is 1992. I was nominated for marking and I had pleasant experience with Dr. Moses Antwi, the then Director of Institute of Education and from that I was made a team leader for almost all the Education courses till date. That really enhanced my skills and professional competency in Education” Mr. Dela stated.

When the News Desk contacted Mr. Boakye Kofi, SRC President of Kibi Presbyterian College of Education, he had this to say, “Very difficult to find appropriate words to describe Mr. Dela Francis. This is a man who has impacted greatly in the lives of trainee teachers here at KPCE. Very dedicated and committed to his work. Very difficult to lose focus during Mr. Dela’s lectures. He has been a blessing to us both in and out of our lecture halls”.  

Rev. Ernest Som Koranteng, Vice Principal of Kibi Presbyterian College of Education had this to share about him – “Mr. Dela Francis is one with vast experience in the teaching and learning field. Always up to task, discharge his duties diligently and his contributions to issues are worth taking. Very jovial and free with everyone around. Speak to issues with facts. Always nice to be around him. Interestingly, I see him as brother because he speaks my dialect very well”. 

From all of us here at the Colleges of Education Weekly Journal, we wish Mr. Dela Francis the very best in his future endeavors. 

Source: News Desk, Colleges of Education Weekly Journal.

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