In a groundbreaking achievement, the Presbyterian College of Education at Abetifi in the Kwahu East District of the Eastern Region celebrated the graduation of its first batch of degree teachers. With a total of 362 graduates, this marks a significant milestone for the college, which has recently transformed into a degree-awarding institute in affiliation with the University of Cape Coast.
Among the graduates, were 20 individuals who achieved first-class honours, 107 obtained Second Class Upper Division, 89 students obtained Second Class Lower Division, and 7 obtained Third Class.
Among the high-profile dignitaries at the graduation ceremony was the Moderator of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church of Ghana, Rt Rev Prof Joseph Obiri Yebloah Mante.
Speaking at the ceremony last Saturday, the Moderator of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church of Ghana, Right Reverend Professor Joseph Obiri Yeboah Mante, commended the college for its overall academic achievements.
He said the purpose for which the Church established the college was to educate the head, hand, and heart of its students, which is termed holistic education. He said when you enter any Presbyterian school, it is expected that you will be academically good, which is the head, you devote your heart to God to change your inner person and also trained yourself to acquire some vocation which is the hand.
He challenged the graduates to live excellent lifestyles and concentrate on the essentials of life and be worthy ambassadors of the college.
The Moderator congratulated the graduates and added that what they would do with the certificates received was what mattered most and therefore urged them to ensure that the certificates is beneficial to themselves and society.
The Principal of the college Dr Phyllis Agyemang Nyarko mentioned that the College is currently running a four-year Bachelor of Education Program (B-Ed) which replaced the three-year Diploma in Education Programme.
She said the College is affiliated with the University of Education Winneba for institutional support in curriculum and capacity building. She congratulated the graduands on their performance and advised them to continue to work hard in the field of work to fit the image of the school) while 85 and 33 had third class and pass respectively.
She thanked members of the governing council, staff, and all stakeholders of the college for their selfless service. The Principal said in spite of the modest achievements chalked by the college, there were some challenges that needed attention. They include accommodation facilities for staff and students to meet the increasing number of students.
The Moderator on behalf of the Presbyterian Church of Ghana, presented a citation to the Principal for her exemplary leadership which has seen the college achieving high academic laurels. The Moderator also presented a refrigerator to the overall best student Emmanuel Oppong.
Prior to the graduation ceremony, the Moderator commissioned and dedicated three major projects to enhance the operations of the institution. They include the college Medical Centre, a Two Bedroom Semi-Detached self-contained staff bungalow, and new academic gowns for staff and students.
The Moderator was joined by the Chairperson of the Governing Council Professor Emmanuel Adow-Obeng and the Principal of the college.
The moderator thanked the College principal, Dr. (Mrs.) Phyllis Agyeman Nyarko and the College Management for their work in spearheading developmental projects in the College. He charged the management of the college to take good care of the projects for posterity.
Source: Rev George Larbi
Public Relations Officer
Presbyterian Church of Ghana