The Gambaga College of Education ceremonial grounds was such an interesting place on Saturday, July 24, 2021, as Mr. Robin Todd, Executive Director of T-TEL surprised everyone present with a motivational speech to graduands in the Mampruli language.
In his brief address to the graduands, he noted that “as a nation, we have made big changes in the way we train teachers in Ghana. The National Teaching Standards for the first time tells us what a good teacher must do in Ghana, about the knowledge, the attitude, and the behaviors. That is what you have been following as a College in the past few years. I came to this College yesterday and what I saw about teaching was exciting. It was new, it was different and it was interactive. We are changing the way we look at education in this country but it all amounts to you, the graduates, and the student teachers. You have been trained in this new and exciting way, this is the way that is going to help us develop as a nation. If you go back to school and start using the same old practices, all of these investments will be wasted. It is on your heads now, you need to make sure that everything that you have learnt here, you are doing that every day in imparting knowledge to the young ones in your classrooms”.
The colourful ceremony was graced by personalities from academia, political heads, and traditional rulers. Key amongst them were the Honourable North East Regional Minister, Mr. Yidana Zakaria, Prof. Imoro Braimah, Former Provost of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences – KNUST, Chiefs, the Honourable Member of Parliament for Walewale Constituency, Hajia Lariba Zuwera Abudu, Acting Municipal Chief Executive of East Mamprusi Municipal Assembly, Representative of Vice-Chancellor of the University of Cape Coast, Rev. Dr. Samuel Naadam, Representative of the Vice-Chancellor of the University for Development Studies, Professor Anthony Donkor and Principals of Colleges of Education.
A total of number 880 students graduated with Diploma in Basic Education. The number comprises of graduates from 2018, 2019, and 2020 year groups. The 2018 batch had a total of 315 graduates with no student obtaining First Class. 18 students obtained Second Class Upper, 143 students obtained Second Class Lower, 96 obtained Third Class, and 58 Passes. The 2019 batch had a student population of 339 with one First Class, 26 Second Class Upper, 111 Second Class Lower, 129 Third Class, and 72 Pass. The 2020 batch had a total of 226 graduates with one First Class, 54 Second Class Upper, 91 Second Class Lower, 52 Third Class, and 28 Pass.
Master Ezekiel Agambire Awane and Ms. Jane Achegebuga Addi were adjudged the overall Best Graduating students for the 2020 batch. Master Apungu John Aboyure and Ms. Banono Mavis were awarded as Best Graduating students for 2019 and Master Akolgo Nyaaba Amos and Ms. Kasim Rabiatu were adjudged Best Graduating students for 2018. They all received various award packages including brand new laptops and mobile tablets.
The Principal of the College, Mr. Kassim Korah Nantomah in his address stated that “it is sad to mention that a perfect description of our College by all and sundry is “Physical structure less College”. However, we often motivate ourselves by the popular slogan “don’t mind the body, mind the engine”.
The Principal further added that “it is so sad to witness fresh students showing their disappointment upon arrival on Campus the first time especially those from the southern part of the country. The College is housed in the old basic school buildings bequeathed to it. As such, the College Management and the Governing Council left no stone unturned; and with prudent financial management constructed 10 unit and 2 unit dormitory blocks and these have been used as male and female students’ hostel respectively. All these projects were funded with our Internally Generated Income. Though not enough, the problem of students commuting longer distances from a private hostel for lectures each day is reduced and also reduces the burden of paying hostel rent to private property owners. In addition, a 2 unit dormitory block is under construction by the Students’ Representative Council. All these initiatives are meant to ensure that the College meets accreditation requirements to avoid being closed down by regulatory authorities. Our stakeholders need to know that the College will be due for reaccreditation in 2023”.
Mr. Nantomah however applauded T-TEL for the continuous support they give to the College. “I cannot conclude on physical infrastructure without mentioning T-TEL’s support to the College. The College received fairly used office equipment comprising chairs, tables, cabinets, three laptop computers, a printer, and a tablet from T-TEL. The organization also supported the College to construct a Changing Room for female students with funds from a project named Payment by Results” Mr. Nantomah said.
The Honourable North East Regional Minister, Mr. Yidana Zakaria applauded the Principal for his sterling leadership qualities. He gave a firm assurance that the government in due course of time will provide the necessary funding for the continuation of work on projects started at the new site of the College.
Source: News Desk, Colleges of Education Weekly Journal.