Dr. Christian Addai-Poku, Registrar of the National Teaching Council (NTC) has revealed that entrance exams and interview sections are likely to be re-introduced as selection criteria into Public Colleges of Education soon.
Addressing the media on the sidelines of the 12th Congregation of Atebubu College of Education on Saturday, August 7, 2021, Dr. Addai-Poku stated that “I said garbage-in garbage-out but it is expected that even when garbage enters the College, Tutors are expected to turn around the garbage. The unfortunate thing is that sometimes the garbage cannot be turned around and so there is the need for us to focus attention on the selection process, that is the entry point”.
“We currently rely solely on WASSCE results for the selection of candidates for initial preparation as teachers, unlike other professions. A story is told of SHS candidates who performed marvelously in the WASSCE scoring A’s and B’s. These candidates then applied for admission at a Nursing Training College in the same town. During the selection exam, they were given the same Maths and English papers they had passed so marvelously three months earlier. Lo and behold! It was a total disaster. We all know some of the bizarre things that happen in some of our institutions during WASSCE” Dr. Addai-Poku noted.
He further added that “we need a system that does not rely solely on WASSCE results but something in addition to the results to see if the person entering the College is fully qualified. We could have an entrance exam followed by an interview just as it is done in the Nursing Training Colleges. We are hoping to roll out that soon”.
Dr. Christian Addai-Poku who was the guest speaker at the 12th Congregation of Atebubu College of Education was joined by several other dignitaries to pass out the last batch of 2020 Diploma in Basic Education student teachers. In attendance were Principals from sister Colleges of Education, representatives of the Ghana Tertiary Education Commission (GTEC), Dr. Paul Kwadwo Addo, Deputy Director-General (Administration & General Services) of the Institute for Educational Planning and Administration (IEPA, a UNESCO Category II Centre of Excellence) UCC, and a representative of the Bono East Regional Minister among others.
The theme for this year’s Congregation was – Teacher Licensure: a panacea for professionalism for teacher education.
Out of 367 graduates that satisfied the requirements, 15 graduands had 1st class. The 2nd class upper, 2nd class lower, 3rd class and pass graduands are 95, 115, 97 and 45 students respectively.
Ms. Gifty Duodu received the Principal Award as Overall Best Graduating student and Georgina Abena Nkrumah Award for Best Female Graduating student. Master Mustapha Yakubu received the Isaac Kwabena Anane-Addo Award for Best Graduating Male student.
Dr. Christian Addai-Opoku was honoured with the Dr. Kwadwo Addo Award for Exemplary Leadership. The award was instituted to motivate students, staff, alumni, and all those who provide exemplary leadership which is aimed at transforming Atebubu College of Education and Ghana’s education sector as a whole.
Principal of the College, Dr. Samuel Addae-Boateng in his address outlined some successes the College chalked in the year under his watch. He stated that all administrative offices have been refurbished with a new set of furniture, air conditioners, and computers. Also, all departmental offices have been stocked with sets of furniture, computer sets, and other necessary logistics for academic work.
The Principal further added that “the College Management with its meager IGF has constructed a 100-bed capacity dormitory for the female students and has also procured 50 bunkbeds and 100 mattresses for students’ use. With the help of the GETFUND, additional 300 bunk beds and 600 mattresses have been procured to help with student accommodation”.
“For effective and efficient running of the College kitchen, Management procured a Mini-Van to help the College kitchen to transport foodstuff. College Management has also taken rehabilitation works on students’ dormitories and some staff bungalows. College Management has, in addition, redesigned and constructed the College entrance to give it a face-lift” the Principal added.
Story by: Larry K. Agbador