Moses Bukari Mabengba, Northern Regional Minister

THE PRINCIPAL of Bagabaga College of Education, Alhaji Adam Zakaria has bemoaned the poor infrastructure at the institution describing it as embarrassing and disgraceful especially for an institution which is the first second cycle institution in Northern Ghana.

He has therefore charged government and alumni of the college to give the institution a face lift to befit its status as a diploma awarding institution running three special programmes in addition to general programmes.

Alhaji Zakaria made the disclosure at the 3rd Congregation of the college in Tamale where a total of 244 students graduated with diplomas and professional teachers? certificates in various courses of study.

He described as worrying for both the institution and Northern sector, the inability of students to obtain first class in their examinations and urged both the educational authorities and students to strive to reverse this negative trend.

The principal appealed to the Institute of Education to expedite action on the release of results and certificates to enable authorities present them to graduands at graduating ceremonies instead of results slips.

He commended government for not only increasing the teacher trainees allowance but also topping up the annual GETfund allocation to the various teacher training colleges throughout the country.

This he noted will go a long way to help address the numerous infrastructural challenges facing these institutions which inhibit adequate teaching and learning and could be blamed for the poor performance of students over the years.

In a speech read on his behalf, Northern Regional Minister, Moses B Mabengba noted the NDC government was committed to improving the lot of teachers with the implementation of the Single Spine Salary Scheme.

He urged students to build tribal, ethnic and religious bridges as a way of unifying various interest groups in the society to promote a free and fair general election.

In his welcome address, Chairman of the Interim Governing Council Alhaji (Dr) Yahuza Gomda lamented the failure to gazette the bill establishing colleges of education as tertiary institutions, saying this had made the implementation of programmes difficult.

He called on government and donor agencies to help address the infrastructural needs of the institution to position it as an institution of excellence producing highly qualified teachers for the country.

Presenting the validatory message on behalf of the graduands, Sulemana Alhassan pledged their readiness to be good ambassadors and agents of change in transforming the lives of pupils they will be teaching.

He mentioned lack of female dorms, inadequate learning material and a bad road network on campus as major challenges facing the institution and called on the relevant authorities to address them.

The college was established in 1944 with the objective of producing knowledgeable, competent and dedicated teachers to teach in basic schools. It has approval from the University of Cape Coast to run courses in science, technical skills and French.

 From Stephen Zoure, Tamale

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