My Gov’t is ready to grant K’dua Asokore SDA College of Education varsity status – President
• President Nana Akufo-Addo
President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has commended the Management and staff of Seventh-day Adventist (SDA) College of Education at Asokore, a suburb of Koforidua in the Eastern Region for using their Internally Generated Funds (IGF) judiciously.
In a speech read on his behalf by the Eastern Regional Minister, Mr. Seth Acheampong at the college’s 60th Anniversary recently, the President said he was happy to see a tremendous infrastructure development of the institution from the time he was an opposition leader of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) to his assumption of office as a president of this great nation, Ghana, and promised to do more not only for the SDA College of Education but the entire educational sector.
“Per the infrastructure development and human resource capacity of this college, my government is ready to grant it a full university status.
“Finally, in order to support the college in their teaching practice activities, I wish to assure them of a 60-seater capacity bus.
“As I have become an automatic member of the SDA College Alumni Association by virtue of the bond that exists between me and this college, I humbly assure you of the completion of the 16-unit staff housing facility currently under construction.
“Again, I promise to provide modern lecture theatres to augment the existing ones in order to cater for the increasing number of students,” the president said, as contained in his address read by the Eastern Regional Minister.
President Akufo-Addo further said “My Government is determined to create equal opportunities for staff of Colleges of Education to upgrade themselves in order to make these colleges self-sufficient in terms of human resource’’ adding that the Ghana Education Trust Fund would continue to support this course.
The Minister of Education, Dr. Yaw Osei Adutwum whose speech was also read on his behalf said that no nation could progress without the provision of quality education to its citizens in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.
“I entreat you to support the government’s STEM education agenda. Colleges of Education have a responsibility of ensuring that our schools never lack qualified STEM teachers and I challenge you to live up to that responsibility,” he said.
Pastor Robert Osei-Bonsu, President of West Central African Division of Seventh-day Adventist Church also said that the college would continue to churn out morally upright products whose contribution to national development would not be in doubt.
The theme of the anniversary was “Sixty Years of Adventist Teacher Education in Ghana: Our Successes, Challenges and the Way Forward”.
By Castro Zangina-Tong