The Presbyterian College of Education at Abetifi Kwahu in the Kwahu East District of Eastern Region, over the weekend held its 12th Congregation for 2019 and 2020 graduates who have successfully undertaken a 3-year Diploma in Basic Education programme under the Institute of Education, University of Cape Coast.
The graduates were the last batch of Diploma in Basic Education students.
Present at the graduation ceremony were dignitaries from all spheres of life. They included, the Moderator of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church of Ghana, Right Reverend Professor Joseph Obiri Yeboah Mante, Rev. Prof. Emmanuel Adow Obeng, immediate past Chairperson of the Governing Council of the College, who is also the President of the Presbyterian College of Education, Ghana, Prof. Johnson Nyarko Boampong, the Vice Chancellor of the University of Cape Coast.
The rest were Rev Enoch Kofi Obuobi, Kwahu Presbytery Chairperson of the Presbyterian Church of Ghana, the General Manager of the Presbyterian Schools Mrs. Rosamond Amoako-Apenteng Principals of sister Colleges of Education among other prominent members.
Dr. (Mrs.) Phyllis Agyeman Nyarko, Principal of the College congratulated the graduates for the feat chalked. She also used the opportunity to thank members of the out-gone governing council, former leaders and staff of the College for their selfless service.
She mentioned some challenges confronting the College in spite of their modest achievements. These include the use of Emergency Remote Teaching Modules, most of which require the use of ICT and Internet. “We are desirous to improve upon our internet connectivity to enhance virtual learning and research work among staff and students support is needed in that regard” she noted.
There is also the urgent need for the construction of accommodation facilities for both staff and students to accommodate the increasing number of students in the College.
The Principal also mentioned that the College needed a 65 seater bus to support the effective implementation of the STS Programme.
She therefore called on Corporate Bodies, well-meaning Ghanaians, the Church, traditional authorities and indigenes of Kwahu, Non-Governmental Organisations’s, Alumni and all other Stakeholders to join in helping the College get through these challenges to enable them achieve their aim of training globally competitive basic level teachers who would be recognised in Ghana and worldwide.
The Principal stated that the 12th Congregation Ceremony has a total of 813 graduands, comprising the 2019 and 2020 batch of students. Out of the total of 422 students of the 2019 batch, 2 students’ obtained First Class Honours, 59 obtained Second Class Upper Division, 135 students obtained Second Class Lower Division, 142 obtained Third Class and 84 students managed with a pass.
With respect to the 2020 batch, a total of 391 students graduated. Out of this number, 13 students including 3 females obtained First Class Honours, 110 obtained Second Class Upper Division, 136 students obtained Second Class Lower Division, and 83 students obtained Third Class, with 49 students graduating with a pass. “It is significant to note that higher numbers have been recorded at the 1st and 2nd Class Divisions for the 2020 cohort of students with dwindling numbers at the 3rd Class and participatory class of pass” she noted.
Rev. Prof. Emmanuel Adow Obeng, who was the Guest Speaker congratulated the graduates and said what they would do with the Certificates received is what matters. He charged the students to continue with professional development in their chosen careers.
The Moderator of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church of Ghana commended the College for the overall academic development.
He said the purpose for which the Church established the College was to educate the Head, Hand and Heart and this is what is termed as holistic education.
He challenged the leadership of the college to take Research and Quality Assurance serious.
The Moderator promised to help in the fundraising effort to complete the walling of the College.
He challenged the graduates to live excellent life style and concentrate on the essentials of life and be worthy ambassadors of the College.
Prof. Johnson Nyarko Boampong, the Vice Chancellor of the University of Cape Coast conferred the Diploma certificates on the graduates.
Students who excelled in the examination were given awards. They included Benjamin Owusu Oduro and Gideon Adu Acheampong who were adjudged the best graduating students for 2019 and 2020 respectively. Sandra Agyei and Eunice Ofori received the Principal’s Award for overall graduating student for 2020.
The ceremony witnessed the dedication of some projects undertook by the College. They included construction of 1,500 capacity dining hall and construction of a three-bedroom residence for the College Chaplain. The Projects were dedicated were commissioned and dedicated by the by the Moderator, Rt. Rev Prof. Mante.
Rev George Larbi
Public Relations Officer
Presbyterian Church of Ghana