Dr. Sulemana Iddrisu, Principal of Tamale College of Education has raised serious concerns over the high Staff turnover that is plaguing his College. He made this revelation in his address on the occasion of the 8th Congregation of the College which was held on Saturday, July 31, 2021, at the College’s auditorium.
Dr. Iddrisu indicated that “between August 2020 to date, a total of 15 Staff exited his College. 4 out of the 15 exited Staff did so involuntarily (retirement) while 11 Faculty members voluntarily resigned to join the traditional universities. Many more are lacing their boots and getting ready to move out at the slightest offer from the universities”.
According to the Principal, the movement of Staff from the Colleges of Education can be minimized if the Conditions of Service of Staff in the Colleges improves.
He, therefore, admonished the Ministry of Education to as a matter of urgency expedite action on the implementation of agreements reached on the Conditions of Service for Staff in Colleges of Education.
The 8th Congregation of the College was graced by high-profile personalities including the Northern Regional Minister, representatives of Ghana Tertiary Education Commission (GTEC), UCC, UDS, and KNUST. Other dignitaries present were Traditional rulers, members of the Ex-Governing Council, Regional and Municipal Directors of Education among others.
A total of 1067 students, comprising 563 and 504 for the 2019 and 2020 batches respectively, graduated with a Diploma in Basic Education (DBE). The 2019 batch recorded 7 First Class honours compared to 14 for the 2020 batch.
Awards of cash prize were presented to all First Class graduands and laptop computers were presented to Best Graduating students.
The Principal in his address stated that the College is currently constructing 2-units of 2-story buildings for female hostels fully funded from Internally Generated Funds (IGF). The project is aimed at decongesting the female hostel. The project when completed will provide accommodation for 200 additional female students. It is expected to be ready for use in October 2021 when the 2021/2022 academic activity is set to commence.
The Principal also indicated that the Management of the College contracted FEAGLE Ventures to implement the KOHA Software – an integrated library system that provides libraries with a variety of integrated computerized functions for managing Cataloguing, Circulation, OPAC, Acquisition and Serial Control among others. The execution of the project has given the library a facelift to a desired tertiary status.
To set up the culture of research within the College community, the Management through GETFund procured 50 computers that have been installed in the library to facilitate research of both Staff and students.
The Honourable Northern Regional Minister, Mr. Shani Alhassan Saibu urged the graduands to be very innovative and creative in their chosen fields to overcome the inherent challenges they might face in their career lives. He further admonished them to be ambassadors of peace wherever they find themselves as youth violence is slowly becoming a normal norm in our societies.
Story by: Larry K. Agbador