Peki, Oct. 4, GNA – The reduction of admission quotas by government for Colleges of Education has placed Principals of those colleges under severe strain for some time now.
Mr Mahama S.N. Baako, Principal of the Government College of Education (GOVCO) at Peki said this on Wednesday when interacting with members of the Ho Municipal Branch of the Old Govconians Association, (OGA), on a Homecoming Tour of the College.
He said the reason the Ministry of Education gave for the reduced ceiling was cost, in view of the raised allowances paid to teacher trainees.
Mr Baako conceded government had indicated it was taking a second look at the directive, but stressed that for now the heat was on they the Principals.
He said as the situation was today, many prospective teachers without the benefit of pursuing admission under the aegis of some sort of protocol arrangements, might not get admission.
Mr Philip Awudi, Vice-Principal of the College said only 175 fresh students were admitted this year out of 926 qualified applicants.
He said projects going on included a four-storey female dormitory block, hinting that approval had been given for an auditorium project for the College.
Mr Awudi lauded the Old Students for keeping very strong links with the college, saying GOVCO, founded in 1954, was an incomparable human development institution in Ghana, with an active network of Old Students Associations.
The Old Students during an animated meeting with current students at the refurbished Assembly Hall, presented a cheque for Ghc1,000 to the Students’ Representative Council (SRC) for the purchase of 50 bags of cement towards the construction of a school canteen.
Mr David Geli, President of the Ho Municipal Govco Old Students Association, presenting the cheque, said the College had made considerable impact on their lives.
Mr Tahiru Hafiz, outgoing SRC President said the Ghc200,000 project, being financed partly from levies on students, was conceived to reflect the status of the College as a tertiary institution.
The atmosphere was that of nostalgia, conviviality as old students recalled college time pranks and competed to establish rapport with current members of their houses of residence while at college.
The climax of the homecoming was the joint rendition of the School Anthem by both current and old students, conducted by Mr Joseph Afari, an old student.