13th Congregation – 36 First Class students recorded in the book of Ada College of Education.
Ada College of Education held her 13th Congregation ceremony for Six hundred and forty-six students which comprised two different year groups; 2019 and 2020 academic year. Out of this number, 36 students were awarded first class honors by the Institute of Education, University of Cape Coast.
Prof. Godwin Anabil, the Representative of the Vice Chancellor, University Of Cape Coast who doubled as a representative of GTEC Chaired the august occasion. As the chairman, he constituted the assembly into a congregation and later dissolved it after the event.
The Guest Speaker, Dr. Settor Kwabla Amediku who is an old boy and an International Banker gave some amazing pieces of advice at the congregation. He reiterated that the graduands should be ready for new things in life and focus on their dreams to make self-disciplined efforts to face the world. Again, in his own words, “…always try to go the extra high without receiving rewards…be innovative and build social competence….”.
The Principal of the College, Cephas Kwasi Bodakpui (the host) crowned the ceremony with his timely speech.
The principal warmly welcomed all to the 13th Congregation of Ada College of Education. He explained that due to COVID-19 restrictions the ceremony had been scaled-down to avoid crowdedness. In view of that it was necessary to streamline the ceremony live on Facebook and other platforms for individual’s participation.
Conscientiously, he drew the attention of graduating students that the day did not only mark the end of their long academic journey at Ada College of Education, but also the day they could celebrate the end of a very stressful academic year without anyone infected by COVID-19 virus on campus.
He further advised graduands that they should take advantage of the digital literacy. As he stated, “….as new generational teachers, COVID-19 has taught us that teaching, learning and assessment can take place without the traditional classroom. I implore you all to take advantage of the online learning opportunities this pandemic has brought to develop yourselves professionally”.
Again, he reminded them of the need to pass the Ghana Licensure Examination organized by the National Teaching Council (NTC), and produce portfolio as evidence to show that they have met the professional standards stipulated in the National Teachers’ Standards (NTS).
He also emphasized that “…a professional teacher is without reproach. He or she is committed to change and continuous improvement, has the subject knowledge as well as the pedagogical knowledge. He or she has good working relationships beyond the classroom—working with the community, colleagues, parents, opinion leaders and the public at large. He or she is an agent of societal change, agent of development, and a nation builder.”
He touched on the following issues:
Student population, Statistics and pass list, New academic structure, Supported teaching in schools, Program affiliations, Staffing and staff development, Academic excellence, Achievements, Physical projects/college improvement activities, Partnership of the college However, he lamented on some challenges of the College:
- Inadequate staff accommodation thus making indiscipline difficult to manage.
- Lacks modern lecture theatres to suit the nature of the new programme.
- The new programmes are practical-oriented, the College needs well-equipped Science Laboratories, equipment, and materials to make the goals of the programme achieved.
- The College internal roads are not good for vehicular movements.
- The College needs a befitting auditorium for college gatherings.
- Additional means of power supply to light the College during power outages is needed.
- There is poor drainage system in the College due to the high-water belt
He therefore appealed to all well-meaning individuals, associations, groups and Government to come to the aid of the College in addressing these challenges.
The Principal and Management wish to express their heartfelt appreciation to all and sundry, especially to all the guests who were able to make it to Ada College of Education to grace and witness the occasion.
They also extend their gratitude to the Staff (both teaching and Non-teaching) for the support and the various roles played towards a successful 13th Congregation of the College.