The Offinso College of Education has held its 10th graduation ceremony at Offinso in the Ashanti Region in which 1,614 teachers passed out from the college to help in basic schools.
The graduates were made up of 483 regular students who underwent a three-year Diploma in Basic Education (DBE), 323 students who pursued a two-year sandwich Diploma in Education and 808 students who did the four–year untrained Teachers in Diploma in Basic Education (UTDBE).
Mrs. Elizabeth Agyeman, popularly known as People’s Mother, the Deputy Ashanti Regional Minister, said the socio-economic development of any country hinged on the quality of education provided to its citizens.
According to her, the government was committed to making education a major priority and had committed itself to hold and offer visionary programmes for the transformation of education in the country.
Mrs. Agyeman noted that the educational reforms and interventions of the government were the free Senior High School (SHS), technical and vocational schools policy, starting from the 2017/2018 academic year, the restoration of teacher trainee and nursing trainee allowance and scheme for teachers, especially those posted to the rural areas, adding that, at the tertiary level, the government would make adequate provision for research to facilitate innovation in technology and emphasized the continuous linkage of academic work to industry.
For his part, the president of the Christian Service University College in Kumasi (CSUC), Professor Sam Afrane, who was the guest speaker, said the data available showed that in the past years, many pupils who were placed in various senior high schools (SHSs) were unable to enroll because of their parent’s inability to bear the cost as a result of financial constraints.
He, therefore, commended the government and the Ministry of Education for its readiness to launch the free SHS programme for first–year students in 2017/18 with bold and strong political will, which would not only boost the development of education, but also serve as a financial relief for parents.
Mr. Loyd Alexandra Djangmah, the principal of the college, in his welcome address, said the college would continue to train the best professional teachers who naturally gain access to the global market and beyond despite the challenges the college faced.
The overall best student award went to Mr. Ebenezer Duodu Nkansah.