On Sunday, 20th September 2020, Methodist College of Education, Akyem Asene-Aboabo, Oda invested and inducted into office Very Rev. Solomon Kwame Gyamerah as the 2nd substantive Principal of the College. The ceremony was graced by dignitaries from the ecclesiastical fraternity, NCTE official who acted as Council, representatives of UCC & UEW, and the teacher education fraternity, political personalities, traditional rulers among others from various sectors.
Profile of Rev. Solomon Kwame Gyamerah
The Rev. Solomon Kwame Gyamerah from a humble beginning, through the providence and graciousness of God, and the strict uncompromised discipline of the father and mentoring of numerous spiritual fathers, siblings, and friends has risen through the ranks of a Cert. A Teacher to a Deputy Director of Education of the Ghana Education Service and now, since May 2019, been appointed as the 2nd Principal of METCOE.
Early Childhood and Education
The Very Rev. Solomon Gyamerah was born in Tema, Greater Accra Region of Ghana on Saturday 9th August 1969 to the late Opanyin Samuel Kwame Gyamerah and the late Madam Grace Yaa Nketsia Abu of Adansi Dompoase and Adansi Fomena, respectively. Though their death created a painful vacuum, the closely knitted relationship of the family and siblings, the Darkwah-Gyamerah family of Adansi Dompoase and Abu family of Adansi Fomena, brought a lot of support. Ayekoo, to Abrantie John Kwasi Darkwah, who since the demise of his only brother 23yrs ago, continues to play the fatherly role.
His father being a pupil-teacher and later a businessman did not compromise with formal education hence saw to it that each of them had that opportunity. And as usual of the father, he started school at an early age at Datus Preparatory School at Community Seven (7), Tema, where he sat for the Common Entrance Examination and enrolled as a student of Dompoase Secondary School in 1980/1981. He continued his Secondary Education at Tema Methodist Day Secondary School (GREAT MEDASS) and completed his GCE O Level in 1987/88.
There was no single week that he was not carried home or his parents were not called to school to come for him for one ailment or another. He was seen to be very feeble but loved strenuous activities like football and volleyball. This continued right from his Primary Education through to his Secondary Education.
Through the counsel and initiative of their family’s spiritual father, the late Very Rev. John K. Bassaw, the then Headmaster of Great MEDASS and Resident Minister of Bethel Society (Tema, community 8), where the family worshipped, Solomon was offered admission at Komenda College (KOMENCO) to pursue a three-year Certificate A Post-Secondary education. It was the Very Rev. Bassaw’s initiative because he drove to the National Teaching Council to purchase the application forms, encouraged him to write the Entrance Exams at Presbyterian Teacher Training College at Akropong (now Presbyterian College of Education), and gave him an introductory letter to Madam Zormelo, then Principal of KOMENCO, for admission. At KOMENCO he was part of the College Volleyball team and GHAMSU.
He completed KOMENCO in May 1991 and after serving for three years, one year at Asemyinakrom L/A JSS at Juaboso Bia District in the Western Region and 2 years at Dompoase Demo. JSS at Adansi West District, now Adansi North District, in the Ashanti Region, in September 1994, Kwame, gained admission to pursue a Diploma in Agricultural Science Education at the University College of Education Winneba, Ashanti Mampong Campus. Then in 1999 had the opportunity to pursue a one-year top-up to obtain a B.Ed in Agricultural Science Education.
His strong urge to serve God and humanity became much evident when he was admitted into the Trinity Theological Seminary in 2003, under SO54, to pursue a Bachelor of Divinity in Theology. He was commissioned in 2006 and permitted to serve the Methodist Girls’ High School, Mamfe Akuapem, in the Akuapem North District. Whilst at MEGHIS, The Very Rev. Solomon Gyamerah continued his post-graduate studies in the Study of Religions (MPhil) at the University of Ghana, Legon in 2012 and completed in July 2015. Now, a Ph.D. student at UCC.
Excerpts from addresses made during induction service
In his address, Very Rev. Gyamerah indicated that his vision, within the broad vision and mission of the College, is that the Management and Academic Board under his leadership, is “determined to churn out a spirit-filled professional teacher who is innovative, research-oriented, imbued with academic and moral excellence for service to the nation and the world.” The College is poised to pursue among other strategic priorities, Innovation and Research, Academic Excellence, Infrastructural development, ICT development, Professional Development, Public Collaboration and Engagement, Strong Quality Assurance, Student and Staff Retention, prudent Financial Planning and Management, Gender, Inclusion and Diversity and High Standard of Discipline.
He said “My intentions for the College have always been clear, and paramount among this vision is to chart a path for the College to achieve “Intellectual Self-liberation”. Thus, I envisage to creating an academic environment in which the true meaning of “Academic Freedom” will thrive and flourish, giving unlimited space for staff and student tutors to express their views freely and with mutual respect. Borrowing from the vision of the Vice-Chancellor of UG Legon, Prof. Ebenezer Owusu Oduro, which I do agree is that the College under my leadership will be guided by some crucial values, Respect, Relevance, Innovation, Excellence, and Resource mobilization. Such a vision certainly calls for a rethink, altered, and renewed mindsets that deliberately eschew the conventional ways of doing things in this College, as staff and students. With all humility and respect, I pray that we cast off all forms of doubts and disbeliefs and embrace the conviction of positive change.”
The Most Rev. Dr. Paul Kwabena Boafo, the Presiding Bishop of the Methodist Church Ghana in his address stated that, “it is your call to ensure that the Wesleyan spirit and virtues are instilled in all caliber of individuals who will be found within the four walls of the College as students and tutors and eventually outside as products of the College. We as well leave in your hands the quest to have the College lead by example and shine through exemplary leadership, for it is through this alone that the confidence reposed in the people called Methodist shall be evidenced and cause communities to crave passionately for the services of METCOE graduates in their schools”.
The Director of ITECPD, UEW in his remarks congratulated the Principals. He further added that “as a sign of commitment, the University of Education, Winneba promises to cement the great relationship of affiliation with your noble College. To intensify this academic bond, we shall effectively play the monitoring role and oversee that the College acquires all it takes to attain a tertiary status. We also assure you of our unflinching support and hope that your tenure becomes as successful as possible under this academic friendship”.
Brief Profile of the College
The Methodist College of Education was founded in 2012 by Rt. Rev. Col (Rtd) Paul Adjei Brewu who was then the Akyem Oda Diocesan Bishop of the Methodist Church Ghana.
The initial dream was on 23rd Diocesan Annual Synod held at Akyem Asene in the year 2009 led by the Rt. Rev. Col. (Rtd) Adjei Brewu; then Oda Bishop as his first synod. At this synod, the Chiefs requested for the establishment of a secondary school but Hon. Yaw Osafo Maafo rather proposed a College of Education, citing that there were enough secondary schools in the Kotoku traditional area but no College.
Playing a significant role, the Rt. Rev. Col. (Rtd) Paul Adjei Brewu led with all documentations towards establishment including the appointment of the first Principal, Mr. Badu-Fordjour Anyan, on behalf of the then Presiding Bishop; Most Rev. Prof. Emmanuel Asante.
The College started at its current temporal campus on St. Luke Methodist Cathedral’s land with the help of Birim Central Municipal who provided a building for its commencement.
The Sixty-Six (66) acre land which was given to the College provided by the Cheifs of Aboabo and Asene for development at the start of the College is yet to be developed for the College to move to that permanent site.
The College started with 174 students with 20 offering Science and the other General Arts. Eventually, 163 were the maiden successful graduates. Initial staffs were 15 full-time non-teaching staff, 3 full-time teaching staff (all retired) and 8 part-time teaching staff from sister schools.
The College remained private amidst challenges like dwindling student numbers to as low as 58 intake in 2015/2016 until it was absorbed by the government in 2017 when numbers started growing again. The College now has an enrolment of 553 with 101 staff.
The College’s motto is ‘So Aba Pa’ (bear good fruits) which is also the title of the College’s anthem which was composed by Mr. Obed Acquah.
The College is very grateful to all and sundry for gracing the occasion. Also, all well-meaning stakeholders including the staff and students are respectfully encouraged to be committed to the laudable vision of METCOE.
Long Live METCOE, Long Live Methodist Church, Long Live Ghana.
METCOE – SO ABA PA
Credit: Ms. Amy Agyapomaa (Ag. College Secretary) & Mr. Edmond Agyeman Amoako (Public Affairs and International Relations Coordinator)