Jackson College of Education, Ghana’s only private college of education offering Diploma in Basic Education by distance learning has produced a total of 11,384 professional teachers since its establishment in 2009.
Mrs. Theodosia Wilhelmina Jackson, the Principal of the College who disclosed this said, the college would continue to contribute to the country’s human resource development effort by training more teachers going forward.
Speaking at the 7th congregation of the college in Kumasi, Mrs. Jackson said the institution would not relent in its quest to produce teachers to serve in various parts of the country, especially the hinterlands.
A total of 1,084 graduated with diploma in Basic and French Education after successfully completing the three-year programme.
With 30 learning centres in 13 regions, students of the college go through a carefully structured learner oriented academic programmes by distance learning, designed in line with the curriculum of the Ghana Education Service (GES).
This, Mrs. Jackson said, was facilitated by skilled tutors from the regular training colleges which invariably made graduates of the school very resourceful in the teaching field.
She said the college was committed to training teachers with high sense of integrity and selflessness to make positive impact on the lives of their pupils and the education sector in general.
“As an institution, we belief that pupils in rural communities also deserve excellent teachers as their counterparts in towns and cities hence our commitment to train our students to accept postings to such parts of the country” she stated.
She counselled the graduands to develop positive attitudes towards work and strictly adhere to the ethics of the profession as they went into the field of work.
In a speech on his behalf by Dr Emmanuel Marfo, Member of Parliament for Oforikrom constituency, Dr. Yaw Osei Adutwum, a Deputy Minister of Education is charge of Basic and Secondary Education, applauded the college for investing in teacher education to complement government’s efforts to promote quality education.
He further described as heartwarming, the initiative by the college to offer scholarships for brilliant but needy students, considering the fact that the institution was a private entity which should be interested in profit making under normal circumstance.
He said government attached importance to institutions of learning that were privately owned and would continue to support such institutions at all levels of the educational system.
The Free Senior High School policy, he noted, was on course and that government would ensure that every Ghanaian child who successfully write the BECE would not be denied access to secondary education.
He said government was working around the clock to address all initial challenges identified in the implementation of the policy.
“I wish to reiterate government’s commitment to putting the concerns of teachers at heart at all times. Government will continue to dialogue with leadership of teacher unions to resolve issues regarding salaries, allowances and motivation to ensure peaceful working relations between teachers and government” the Minister emphasized.
Dr. Nana Appiagyei Dankawoso I, President of the Ghana Chamber of Commerce who was the Special Guest of Honour, paid glowing tribute to the college for its immense contribution to teacher education over the years.
He said the vision for the establishment of the college had brought hope and dignity to many who would have ended up on the streets or given up on education.
“We therefore applaud the sacrifice and sense of patriotism shown by the founders of this enviable institution in cutting down the frightening statistics of graduate unemployment in the country”, he Observed.
He said teachers were the centre of human resource development – a prerequisite for sustained national growth and poverty alleviation and stressed the need for government to create an enabling environment for such institutions to thrive.