The Principal of Bagabaga College of Education in Tamale, Alhaji Adam Zakaria, described as worrying majority of teacher trainees’ inability to obtain first class in their examinations.
He said for over a decade, majority of teacher trainees graduating from the various Colleges of Education in the Northern region have failed to obtain first class grades.
He therefore urged both the major stakeholders in education and particularly the students to reverse the trend.
Alhaji Zakariah was speaking at the 3rd congregation of the Bagabaga College of Education in Tamale where a total of 244 students obtained diploma certificates in various areas of study.
He attributed the situation to the poor infrastructural development at the various Colleges of Education located in the northern regions.
He thus impressed upon the government and the alumni of the college to rise up to the challenge by assisting the administration to give the institution a face lift.
He also appealed to the Institute of Education to expedite action on the release of results and certificates to enable authorities present them to graduants at graduating ceremonies instead of result slips.
He however commended government for not only increasing the teacher trainees allowance but also topping up the annual allocation of GETfund projects to the colleges.
In a speech read on his behalf, the Northern Regional Minister, Moses Bukari Mabengba asked politicians to desist from using the ethnic, land and other related disputes that have inundated the region as a campaign tool to cause more troubles there.
He expects tertiary students from the areas to encourage their tribesmen to co-exist peacefully before, during and after the December polls.
He said peace and tranquility was the only prerequisite for development in the northern region.
The Chairman of the Interim Governing Council Alhaji (Dr) Yahuza Gomda lamented that the failure to gazette the bill establishing the Colleges of Education as tertiary institutions has made 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.
By: Abdul Karim Naatogmah/Citifmonline.com/Ghana