The Presbyterian College of Education at Abetifi Kwahu in the Kwahu East District in the Eastern Region has held its 12th Congregation for the 2019 and 2020 graduates who successfully undertook a three-year Diploma in Basic Education programme under the Institute of Education, University of Cape Coast.
A total of 813 students graduated.
Out of the total of 422 students of the 2019 batch, two students’ obtained First Class Honours, 59 obtained Second Class Upper Division, 135 students obtained Second Class Lower Division, 142 obtained Third Class and 84 students managed with a pass.
With respect to the 2020 batch, a total of 391 students graduated. Out of this number, 13 students including three females obtained First Class Honours, 110 obtained Second Class Upper Division, 136 students obtained Second Class Lower Division, and 83 students obtained Third Class, with 49 students graduating with a pass.
Speaking at the ceremony last Saturday, the Moderator of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church of Ghana, Right Reverend Professor Joseph Obiri Yeboah Mante, commended the college for the overall academic development.
He said the purpose for which the Church established the college was to educate the head, hand and heart of its students, which is termed as holistic education.
He challenged the leadership of the college to take research and quality assurance seriously.
The moderator promised to help in the fundraising effort to complete the walling of the college.
He challenged the graduates to live excellent lifestyles and concentrate on the essentials of life and be worthy ambassadors of the college.
The President of the Presbyterian College of Education, Ghana, Rev. Prof. Emmanuel Adow Obeng, who was the guest speaker, congratulated the graduates and added that what they would do with the certificates received was what mattered most.
He urged the students to continue with professional development in their chosen careers.
Achievements and challenges
The Principal of the College, Dr (Mrs) Phyllis Agyeman Nyarko, congratulated the graduates for the feat they had chalked up.
She thanked members of the immediate past governing council, former leaders and staff of the college for their selfless service.
The Principal said in spite of the modest achievements chalked by the college, there were some challenges that needed attention. They include accommodation facilities for staff and students to meet the increasing number of students.
The Principal also mentioned that the college needed a bus.
She therefore called on corporate bodies, well-meaning Ghanaians, the church, traditional authorities and indigenes of Kwahu, Non-Governmental Organisations, alumni and all other stakeholders to join in helping the college overcome its challenges.
Prof. Johnson Nyarko Boampong, the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Cape Coast, conferred the Diploma certificates on the graduates.
Students who excelled in the examination were given awards. They included Benjamin Owusu Oduro and Gideon Adu Acheampong who were adjudged the best graduating students for 2019 and 2020 respectively. Sandra Agyei and Eunice Ofori received the Principal's Award for overall graduating student for 2020.
The ceremony witnessed the dedication of some projects undertaken by the college. They included the construction of a 1,500 capacity dining hall as well as the construction of a three-bedroom residence for the College Chaplain.
The projects were inaugurated and dedicated by Rt. Rev Prof. Mante.