The 9th Matriculation ceremony for the 2020/2021 academic year came off successfully on Wednesday, 24th February, 2021.
The ceremony was graced by some important personalities such as the representative of the Vice-Chancellor of the College’s affiliate university; University of Education, Winneba in the person of Professor Emmanuel Obed Acquah. The Bishop of the Akyem Oda Diocese of the Methodist Church who was the Special Guest of Honor and was duly represented by his Synod Secretary.
In the speech delivered on behalf of the Special Guest of Honour, the students were admonished to study hard as they have been discovered to show themselves approved pending their deployment into the community to bear ‘good fruits’ and make the Methodist Church Ghana proud. He advised the students to count themselves lucky for being chosen out of the many who applied to come to the College and not to toil with such a great opportunity.
In his speech, Professor Emmanuel Obed Acquah (the Director of Quality Assurance of the University of Education, Winneba) extended warm regards from the Vice-Chancellor; Rev. Fr. Professor Anthony Afful-Broni to the fresh students. He indicated that matriculation marked a memorable occasion in the College as fresh faces and new blood are injected into the College community. Matriculation provides an opportunity for freshmen and women who have gained admission into various programmes in the College to be officially inducted as junior members into such an academically stimulating and socially exciting community. He acknowledged that the ceremony was very important because it provides the new entrants with an opportunity to pledge their full allegiance to the College through the administration of the Matriculation Oath.
He applauded the matriculants for their great deal of accomplishment through hard work which has gained them admission into such a teacher education focus University as students of the Methodist College of Education. He cautioned them to stay focused and realise the many great opportunities that lie ahead of them as University students in Methodist College of Education.
Professor Emmanuel Obed Acquah concluded by advising the freshmen and women to take inspiration from him as he was a teacher in a basic school ten years ago but find himself where he is now. He urged the Matriculants to know that, their primary aim for coming into the College was to study, and thus they must channel all their energies to such direction.
At the peak of the program when the Principal gave his Matriculation address, he took the opportunity to welcome all the fresh students to the Methodist College of Education (METCOE) community and wished them well in their 4-year journey. Among the issues he touched included the following:
On admissions, the Principal made it known that the College received a total of 1, 161 applicants comprising 600 males and 561 females. Out of the number of applicants, only 405 (35%) were offered admission for the 2020/2021 academic year. The 405 comprised 207 males and 198 females which represents 51 % and 49% respectively. The statistics represent a great improvement in the female admission from the previous academic year of 37% and thus making management on course to achieving gender equality in the College’s admission policy.
ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE AND DISCIPLINE
The Principal touched on ways of making the matriculants’ stay on campus enjoyable and fulfilled. He encouraged them to strive for excellence as they commence another milestone in their education life by striking a balance between their academic and social life. He noted that the young METCOE institution is noted for producing academically excellent, disciplined, and competent change-making teachers for the country at large and so the fresh students must endeavour to adhere to the uncompromising standards of the Methodist Church Ghana educational policy: Excellence, Morality and Service, on which METCOE thrives. He mentioned that the College has recently launched its local LMS system to support Virtual Learning to reduce the face-to-face contact with Tutors and urged students to make good use of the system. He encouraged the new students to be disciplined and learn hard, toiling even at night to attain academic heights and to avoid withdrawal or dismissal.
COVID-19 PANDEMIC AND ENVIRONMENTAL CLEANLINESS
The Principal indicated that the emergence of the deadly virus kept making life quite unbearable for everyone but students should rest assured that the College has put in place the necessary measures and logistics to keep every member of the College community safe. He admonished the students to also take full responsibility for their lifestyle by observing all the necessary COVID-19 protocols to avoid contracting and spreading the virus.
INFRASTRUCTURE AND SECURITY CHALLENGES
The Principal asserted that, since his assumption into office as the 2nd Principal of the College in May, 2019 he had received support from his Management and Academic Board to help improve the infrastructure system of the College to some extent. The College was making inroads through GETFund support to provide the necessary facilities to facilitate teaching and learning for the members of the College community. He, however, admitted that the challenges with infrastructure remain enormous even after the completion of the 400-capacity female hostel.
He advised students to be security conscious because the College is not fenced and in as much as the College is ensuring security at all times, the students must also play their part by reporting any suspicious moves to the right authorities.
Established in September 2012 by Rt. Rev. (Col. Rtd.) Paul Adjei Brewu; the then Bishop of the Akyem Oda Diocese of the Methodist Church, Methodist College of Education is a young College of Education within the Birim Central Municipal Assembly of the Eastern Region of Ghana. It started as a private institution and was absorbed by the government to become a public College of Education in September 2017.
The Principal concluded by showing appreciation to the Methodist Church Ghana; especially to the St. Luke Society in the Akyem Oda Diocese, the Asene and Aboabo communities for the support they render to the College. He was very grateful to the T-TEL (Transforming Teacher Education and Learning) for donating a Toyota Fortuner for the College.
Report by: Amy Agyapomaa (Ag. College Secretary)
Methodist College of Education, Akim Oda