3 ‘Demons’ In Colleges Of Education
From William N-lanjerborr Jalulah,
THE PRINCIPAL of the St. John Bosco’s College of Education, Navrongo, Upper East Region, has identified money, lust and laziness as three ‘demons’ that are engulfing the colleges of Education in Ghana.
Mr. Alfred Ndago says teacher trainees are not properly managing the payment of allowances to them and this is the direct result of certain behavioural characteristics that are seen in them.
Speaking at the 6th Matriculation of the college at Navrongo, the Principal also bemoaned the high rate at which pregnancies are occurring among female trainees. This, he noted, was born out of lust.
On laziness, the Principal said it stems from the perceived comfort of life which may be resulting from heightened financial burden of students and a loss of focus or aspirations.
According to him, it was important to recognize that no institution could survive in this 21st century without members showing a high sense of discipline in whatever they do or say.
To him, discipline is even more imperative in an institution that trains people to become teachers who are the greatest assets of any nation.
Suggesting possible solution, the Principal said it would take the guidance and counseling expert to do individual as well as group counseling for the students.
Mr. Ndago said because the quality of human resource of a nation depends on the quality of her teachers -“any nation that jokes with the development of teachers jeopardizes its future”.
He entreated the trainees after taking the matriculation oath and signed the matriculation register, to apply themselves effectively to the rules and regulations of the college and be ready to protect and defend the hard worn credibility and status of the college.
He advised them to seize every opportunity available to them in the college to develop themselves into quality human resource for the families and the nation.
On the importance of matriculation, Mr. Ndago said when new students are admitted, they are not yet students of the institution until they have been matriculated because matriculation is statutory and must be performed as a legal requirement of the functions of the institution.
“It is this ceremony, called matriculation, which gives the freshers the rights, privileges and responsibilities of members of the institution” he stressed.
In all, 286 matriculants, made up of 116 females and 170 males took the matriculation oath before signing the matriculation register.
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