A 24-year-old French Language teacher, Francisca Amable, made history last Saturday at the Wesley College of Education, Kumasi as the second female to have obtained a First Class honours since the college started running a Diploma in Basic Education programme in 2007.
She was the only female among six males who had First Class out of 396 grandaunds at the 9th congregation of the college.
Hoping to become a bi-linguist, the French tutor begins her dream journey with a posting to Kyereyase D/A Primary School at the Atwima Nwabiagya District of the Ashanti Region.
Despite Ms Amable’s achievement, the day actually went to Richard Acheampong, also a French student who apart from being adjudged the best in the subject also won almost everything including the overall best graduating teacher.
Apart from the seven who had First Class, 107 obtained Second Class Upper division, 181 had Second Class Lower division, 97 had Third Class and nine obtained pass.
The Principal of the College, Mrs Charlotte Rockson, urged the government in conjunction with the Methodist Church Ghana to give clearance to recruit both academic and auxiliary staff to beef up the present staff strength.
She said the current staff strength was not commensurate with the number of staff needed in the college to work effectively.
“In order to access good management to result in quality teaching and learning for worthwhile education, we ought to be given clearance to recruit,” Mrs Rockson said.
Currently the total staff strength is 115, 58 being teaching staff, made up of 37 males and 21 females. The remaining 57 constitute the auxiliary staff broken down into 39 males and 18 females.
Touching on the theme: “Training and resourcing the 21st century teacher for quality teaching education,” Mrs Rockson called for a well-resourced, motivated teacher who is exposed to Morden teaching methods through workshops and other training modules to impart knowledge for generational life-long learning.
The college offers five main programmes including a three-year diploma in basic education (regular programme), a two-year post-diploma in basic education (Distance) and a two-year post-diploma in basic education (Sandwich).
Despite its excellent academic achievements, the college is faced with a litany of challenges including a small size dining hall which is unable to accommodate up to 1,000 students and a new science block which is still awaiting fitting, fixtures and installation.
The Tafohene, Nana Agyen Frimpong II, urged teachers to lead the way in the fight against corruption, laziness and deviant lifestyle in the country and set a very high moral standard.
He said integrity and discipline has been thrown to the dogs to the extent that people glorify and hail corrupt people.
The Tafohene, known in private life as Dr James Kwasi Frimpong, called on teachers to set high moral standards by living exemplary lifestyle to impact the pupils positively.
A motivational speaker and Dean of Graduate Studies, Christian Service University, Dr Samuel Brefo Aduborfuo, urged the government to fast-track the payment of salaries of teachers posted to rural areas.
He cautioned teachers not to become conduits of promoting cheating and examination malpractice but rather they should encourage their students to study.