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Colleges of Education Governing Councils inaugurated

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The Minister for Education, Professor Naana Jane Opoku-Agyemang, has inaugurated Governing Councils for tenn Colleges of Education (CoEs) in Accra.

This follows an earlier inauguration of Governing Councils of twenty-eight CoEs by the Minister last year.

Delivering the inaugural speech, Prof. Opoku-Agyemang, on behalf of His Excellency, the President, expressed the appreciation of government to Council Members for the show of commitment and the quest to serve their country. She also thanked the out-going Governing Councils for their immense contributions.

The minister noted that the Governing Council was an important decision making body and played a critical role in ensuring quality, efficiency and effectiveness in all the institutions.

She therefore entreated the members to adopt the right approaches and practical interventions aimed at achieving excellence in the CoE as well as strengthen the institutions to perform their functions effectively.

The mandate of the Council was to ensure that the Colleges train students to acquire the necessary professional and academic competencies for teaching in pre-tertiary institutions and non-formal education institutions and to build the professional and academic capacities of serving teachers through regular continuing education.

Members of the Councils were tasked to comply with functions stated in the Colleges of Education Act, 2012 (Act 847) which included giving approval to the educational programmes developed by the academic board having regard to the mandate of the college; overseeing the internal organization of the college of education including the establishment, variation and supervision of the academic divisions, departments and faculties of the college.

Prescribing the terms and conditions for the admission of persons selected for a course of study organized by the college and instituting awards, fellowships and scholarship schemes in furtherance of the aims of the college as well as managing the finances and fixed assets of the college and consider and approve annual estimates of income and expenditure of the college among others.

Prof. Opoku-Agyemang tasked the Council to support government’s efforts in addressing challenges in the CoE especially infrastructural related issues, contractors’ lukewarm attitude towards on-going projects, staffing as well as difficulties in getting committed mentoring institutions at the college.

She also requested the Councils to play its supervisory role effectively to ensure the right collaboration between the colleges and the Ministry.

Members were urged to familiarise themselves with on-going issues in the sector to enable them communicate effectively to all relevant stakeholders

She acknowledged the immense contributions of all past members of Council and asked the current members not to hesitate to contact them for information, and ideas on many issues that they have dealt with.  Members swore the Oath of Office and the Oath of Secrecy.

A representative of the Council members, Bishop Abraham Ackah, Principal of Wiaso College of Education, on behalf of his colleagues, expressed their gratitude for the confidence reposed in them and pledged to discharge their duties and responsibilities without fear or favour.

The Colleges were Kibi Presbyterian, Abetifi Presby, Akropong Presby, Presby Women, Aburi and Jasikan The rest were Amedzofe, Akatsi, Enchi, Peki and Wiaso CoEs.

Rev.Prof Cephas Omenga was sworn in as the chairman for the 13 Council Members of Kibi Presbyterian CoE, Prof. Emmanuel Adow Obeng as chairman for Abetifi Presbyterian CoE,, Prof. Mrs Olivia Kwapong for the Presbyterian Women’s CoE and Mr. Kwasi Aboagye for Jasikan CoE.

The rest are Togbui Samlafo IV as chairman for Akatsi CoE, Rev. Abraham Ackah for Wiawso CoE, Mr. J.R.D. Kobinah for Enchi CoE, Mr. Tawiah Achia for Peki CoE and Dr. Rev. Michael P.K. Okyearefo as chairman for St. Francis CoE, Hohoe.

The inauguration ceremony was witnessed by the Deputy Minister of Education in-charge of Tertiary Education, Mr. Samuel Okudjeto Ablakwa, the Executive Secretary of the NCTE, Professor Mohammed Salifu, Mrs Wilhemina Asamoah, Director, Tertiary Education and other senior officials of the Ministry of Education and the NCTE.


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