Jackson College of Education produces more teachers for deprived areas

Kumasi, – Jackson College of Education (JCE), Ghana’s premier accredited private college of education, specialising in distance education, has produced more than 10, 000 teacher trainees to offer services in the rural, and most deprived areas.

The objective is to ensure the availability of substantial number of professional teachers in the hinterlands to boost quality education delivery.

We believe there are a lot of potential scholars in our villages. It is our vision and mission, therefore, to harness those talents to help unearth great minds for the nation in future, Mrs. Theodosia Wilhemina Jackson, Principal of the College, noted.

She was speaking to the Ghana News Agency (GNA), Kumasi, on the sidelines of the Sixth Congregation Ceremony of the JCE at the Royal Parade Grounds, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST).

This year’s ceremony was on the theme, Enhancing the Quality of Education in Private Higher Institutions in Ghana, and had 1, 393 students passing out with Diploma in Basic Education via Distance Learning.

The certificates were jointly awarded by the JCE and University of Education, Winneba (UEW). Master Isaac Yeboah of the Accra centre emerged the Overall Best Student, while Ms. Elizabeth Owusu was awarded the Best Female Student.

Mrs Jackson said the graduating teacher trainees were drawn from the about 30 centres of the College nationwide.

Drawing inspiration from the gains made so far, since the establishment of the JCE in 2009, the Principal observed that their relentless drive for quality and continuous improvement had inspired them to provide top-of-the-range teaching and learning structure.

This had been designed to nurture world-class professional teachers whose sense of innovativeness, discipline and commitment to duty remained unquestionable.

She disclosed that the College had introduced two new academic courses in Early Childhood and French Education, adding that they had resolved to make the study of French, in particular, accessible to all.

The early childhood education programme, she stressed, was also structured to build the capacity of teachers in giving proper academic foundation to pupils.

Baffour Asare Owusu Amankwatia VI, Bantamahene, in a message, emphasised the importance of investing in education, saying that was the only way the nation could build a vibrant human resource base to realise her development goals.

The Reverend Father Prof. Anthony Afful-Broni, acting Vice-Chancellor of the UEW, cautioned teachers to brace themselves for the changing face of the profession, especially in the area of the application of Information Communication and Technology (ICT) in their core activities.

Source: Ghana News Agency