Jackson College of Education (JCE), the teacher education department of Jackson Educational Complex (JEC) in Kumasi, has held its 5th Congregation at Kumasi on the theme “Enhancing Quality Teacher Education through Distance Learning,” during the weekend.
The school offers a three-year Diploma in Basic Education by Distance Learning and was established by Professor Ebenezer Jackson and Mrs. Theodosia Jackson, both educationists, who had spent over 70 years, as teachers in universities and secondary schools.
On her report, the principal of the college, Mrs. Theodosia Jackson, said since its commencement in 2009, the college has produced over 6,000 diploma holders, who are groomed to meet the growing demands of today’s education needs, adding that a further 2,334 students who have successfully completed the programme also attained Diploma in Basic Education (DBE).
According to her, with 30 learning centres across the 10 regions of the country currently, Jackson College of Education (JCE) students go through a carefully structured, learner-oriented Distance Education programme, tailored along the Ghana Education Service (GES) approved courses, and are facilitated by interactive modules and weekend face-to-face sessions, invariably making the graduates versatile and able to perform in all capacities of education.
Mrs. Jackson said continuous education and lifelong learning are values the institution holds in high esteem in the provision of quality education, hence continuous professional development workshops are organized for all full-time and part-time staff as well as the National Students Representatives Committee (SRC) delegates.
She told the graduates that their success in life depends largely on their attitude to life and work with the help of the Almighty God. “The knowledge and skills you have acquired are not only to make you useful in your local work environment, but are also meant to fit you into a regional and global context,” she advised.
Mrs. Jackson commended the staff, comprising 40 full-time tutors and 700 part-timers, centre supervisors and zonal coordinators for their selfless and hard work who have held the fort within the past eight years of the institution’s success story.
For his part, the Minister of Education, Dr. Matthew Opoku Prempeh, popularly known as Napo, and Member of Parliament (MP) for Manhyia, a suburb of Kumasi, said education is primarily about holistically preparing and training the individual to become productive , not only to himself / herself alone, but also the society at large.
“Education is essential to good citizenship and that education is important to life because it enables people to contribute to their community and their country,” he noted.
Mr. Prempeh also said that teachers are at the heart of providing quality learning and holistic education of students and development of human capital for national development rests with the teachers; therefore, the role of the teacher in educating the children was of utmost importance to the Ministry of Education.
He commended the authorities of the college for their contribution to human and economic development of the country.
The college was established to offer sound educational background opportunities and challenges to post senior high school (SHS), students interested in pursuing the teaching profession and untrained teachers who could not join the regular teacher education.
Other speakers were Mrs. Elizabeth Agyeman, the deputy Ashanti Regional Minister, and Nana Owusu Afriyie IV, Apagyahene of Kumasi, and Professor Sam Afrane.
Source: therepublicnewsonline.com/ Nsiah Yeboah, Kumasi