From Ernest Best Anane
St. Louis College of Education in Kumasi has observed its 14th Congregation, with an appeal by the Principal to the government to consider the reconstitution of College Councils.
The theme: “The Excellent Teacher – An Indispensable Resource for Sustainable National Development.”
“The absence of College Councils is seriously negating against the efficacious management in the colleges, and the earlier the issue is tackled for the colleges, the better it would be for them,”
Mrs. Dame Comfort Boakye-Mensah, Principal of St. Louis College of Education, noted.
The Principal noted that the current government has been wonderfully supportive towards the cause of Colleges of Education, and that the restoration of students’ allowance and the prompt settlement of arrears of feeding fees for three semesters have gone a long way in alleviating the stress managements go through from their creditors after purchasing food items on credit.
The Principal indicated that through the National Council for Tertiary Education (NCTE), tutors have been smoothly migrated from the Ghana Education Service (GES) payroll, thereby curbing any agitations from the labour front, adding that the NCTE has also properly placed tutors who, hitherto, were considered assistant tutors because of difference in first and second degrees, thereby, restoring confidence and enthusiasm.
According to the Principal, the accessibility to the Ghana Education Trust Fund (GETFund) for College projects like the construction of a new multi-purpose Administration Block, among a host of positive policy interventions, is also worthy of note.
She pleaded with the Minister of Education, who incidentally is the Member of Parliament for Manhyia South Constituency where St. Louis College of Education is situated, to use his good offices to help with the construction of a new hall of residence for the increasing intake, as well help with the completion of three-storey staff flats which the Students Representative Council (SRC) initiated and completed the ground floor.
Mrs. Boakye-Mensah commended the Minister for his instrumentality in the on-going construction of a new Administration Block.
She pleaded with the government for financial clearance to recruit some essential staff, following the retirement of five people last year, while another five people have retired this year without any replacement.
Archbishop Emeritus of the Kumasi Archdiocese, Peter Akwasi Sarpong, who was the Guest of Honor, commended the graduands for their endurance and patience, which, he said, earned them their certificates.