The first group of B.ED. program graduates from Gambaga College of Education. At its third assembly, the Gambaga College of Education in the North Eastern Region’s East Mamprusi District graduated its initial class of four-year Bachelor of Education (B.ED) candidates.
241 qualified teachers from the college’s two Bachelor of Education degree programs—Primary Education and Junior High School Education—graduated in total.
There are 154 men and 87 women among the grads.
Dr. Abdallah Salifu, the college’s vice principal, said in a speech to the congregation in Gambaga that there had been a slight improvement in students’ academic performance since the previous graduation. He noted that the college had recorded three first-class graduates as opposed to one at the previous graduation.
In his words, “the graduating class defied the challenges of remote teaching and threats of the pandemic to make sure academic work went on, and the results of the resilience put up by our gallant students and convocation are what we are celebrating today.”
As stakeholders, they will continue to hire and train qualified teachers for basic schools, according to Dr. Salifu.
But he lamented the current standoff between the Colleges of Education Teachers Association of Ghana (CETAG) and the government, which had a significant negative impact on teaching and learning and was probably going to mess up the academic schedule.
The College should be transformed into a full-fledged university, the Vice Principal pleaded with the government and the two parties to settle their disputes.
He claimed that this “would bring higher education to the doorsteps of the people of the North East and the teaming youth graduating from the laudable Free Senior High Education Policy.”
A 300-bed hostel, an administration building, and other multifunctional buildings that were supposed to be finished in September 2023, according to Mr. Dan D. Kolbilla, the chairman of the college’s governing council, have stopped.
He said that this was a significant setback for the school and that in order to ensure their completion in time to assist solve the infrastructure shortfall, the projects needed to be reevaluated and assigned to a new contractor.
The North East Regional Minister, Mr. Yidana Zakaria, thanked the graduates and advised them to continue working hard for the advancement of their nation.
He added that the government was committed to strengthening the infrastructural development of the College to improve teaching and learning and that the issues voiced by the College were pertinent and will be brought before the authorities for action.
In order to prevent a large disruption in academic work, he also urged members of the College of Education Teachers Association of Ghana (CETAG) to return to the classroom as the negotiations with the government went on.
The first group of B.ED. program graduates from Gambaga College of Education