The newly appointed Principal of the Seventh-Day Adventist (SDA) College of Education, Asokore, in the Eastern Region, Professor William Kofi Koomson, has been inducted into office.
He is the eighth principal of the college which was established in 1957.
Professor Koomson, who is also an ordained pastor of the Seventh-Day Adventist Church and an accountant by profession, has an extensive working experience in many tertiary institutions in Ghana and countries such as the United States, Trinidad and Tobago, Sweden and Jamaica.
The Dean of the School of Graduate Studies of the University of Education, Winneba, Professor George Kankam administered the oath of office at the investiture on behalf of the Vice Chancellor, Professor Rev. Fr. Anthony Afful Broni, at the college’s auditorium.
It was witnessed by a number of dignitaries such as the Minister of State in charge of Tertiary Education, Professor Kwesi Yankah, principals of some colleges of education and the chiefs of the New Juaben Traditional Area.
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Addressing the impressive gathering, Professor Yankah advised Prof. Koomson to be guided by the Tertiary Education Policy Document, which among others, specified on financing and accountability in administering the college.
That, Professor Yankah stated, would make it possible for him to avoid challenges and also enable the college to further improve and continue to produce teachers of high calibre.
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According to Professor Yankah, the government was solving the challenges in the educational sector, as well as introducing reforms and expressed the hope that the college, which was following the disciplinary structure of the SDA Church, would continue to make its mark in the training of teachers.
He praised Professor Koomson for rapidly improving the infrastructure of the college within a short period of six months that he had been in charge of the institution.
The President of the British Union Conference of the SDA Church, Pastor Ian Sweeney, asked those in authority, especially in tertiary institutions, to be humble at all times.
The Jumapohene, Nana Kwame Oppong Owusu, who represented the Omanhene of New Juaben, Daasebre Professor Oti Boateng, assured the new principal of the support from the chiefs of the area.
Responding, Professor Koomson said his main concern was to further improve the college’s infrastructure for learning and teaching and called for support from the staff and the chiefs.