The Principal of St. Vincent College of Education, Dr Erasmus K. Norviewu- Mortty has admonished the 232 fresh Level 100 students to remain focus and work hard to achieve their dreams. The Principal made the remarks during the 5th Matriculation ceremony of the College.
The ceremony was held on Friday 19th February, 2021 inside the about 90% completed 800 capacity Auditorium sponsored by the Catholic Mission-Australia.
The Level 100 students were admitted to pursue Bachelor of Education degrees in their respective disciplines in Early Childhood Education, Primary Education, and Junior High School Education. Out of the 232 new students admitted for the 2020/2021 academic year, 107 are women and 125 men. The students were confirmed as members of the College after they took the matriculation Oath.
In his address to the fresh young men and women of the College, the Principal advised the students to remain focus in life and work hard to achieve their dreams. He also urged the students to make good use of their time by sticking to their academic goals, and do away with truancy and indiscipline in any form. He assured the students that the Management of the College would not renege on its continuous efforts to provide modern facilities and a sound environment for effective learning.
He catalogued a few on-going projects at the College including the ultra-modern Library/ ICT building complex and the 800 capacity Auditorium as well as the 4-storey GETFUND hostel that needed to be completed urgently. He appealed to the members of the College community to use their contacts/links to help St. Vincent College of Education to complete these projects as early as possible.
“Our total population is growing very fast therefore the great need for such projects to be completed as early as possible cannot be over-emphasized’’ he noted.
The Principal further noted that in line with the gender and inclusion policy of the College, significant efforts have been deployed to increase female enrolment in the College. This he hopes would help address the current gender gap that exists in respect of the employable educated few in the Yendi Municipal and Ghana as a whole.
“St Vincent College of Education is poised to play a lead role in addressing the education of girls and young women in the Yendi Municipal and other disadvantaged rural communities in the Northern Region. This is being done through the training of diligent, well-disciplined, intelligent, responsible, and God-fearing female teachers willing and ready to work in the rural communities and elsewhere. Our goal is being achieved gradually as the College for the first time in its five-year existence is matriculating today, 107 young ladies. That is about 46% of the total enrolment of 232 fresh students for the 2020/2021 academic year. Each of you here, both the ladies and the gentlemen are strategically placed to make a positive impact on society’’ the Principal told the Matriculants.
Dignitaries that graced the occasion were the Chairman of the Governing Council of St. Vincent College of Education who is also the Catholic Bishop of the Yendi Diocese, Most Rev.Vincent Sowah Boi-Nai, SVD, the University for Development Studies’ representative on the College’s Council, Professor Albert Quainoo and the Management team of the College which included the Ag. Vice Principal, Mr. Edward Nyamekye, the Ag. College Secretary, Mr. Ebenezer Narteh Atter, the Ag. Finance Officer, Mr. Amos W. Dietege, the Ag. Internal Auditor, Mr. David A. Baba, the Ag. Librarian, Mr. Paul Gbolo, and other members of convocation.
The Chairman of the Governing Council, Most Rev. Vincent Sowah Boi-Nai, SVD, charged the fresh students to be disciplined and God-fearing in all their endeavours. He admonished them to eschew all forms of social vices in the society and focus on their professional development. He urged them to always uphold the image of the College and not to bring it into disrepute.
The congregation was dissolved by the Chairman of the Governing Council amid singing and jubilation by the fresh students.
Report by: Mr. Ebenezer Narteh Atter. Ag. College Secretary, St Vincent College of Education, Yendi.