Only 321 applicants out of the over 1,500 who applied to study at the Accra College of Education (ACCE) gained admission into the college in the 2018/2019 academic year.
The low admission was attributed to inadequate hostel facilities at the college.
The Principal of the college Dr Samuel A. Atintono, who revealed this in an interview with the Daily Graphic after the school's maiden matriculation ceremony for the Bachelor of Education Programme in Accra last Thursday, stated that the school turned away some 1,200 qualified applicants because it did not have enough space to accommodate them.
He explained that the available hostel facility could absorb a little above 300 applicants, hence the school's decision to execute a system that allowed only the best applicants to be selected.
Dr Atintono, therefore, appealed to the government and other corporate organisations to support the school with funds and resources to enable it to expand its existing facilities to benefit more students.
The matriculation ceremony saw the admission of 321 students to pursue various programmes.
In his address at the ceremony, Dr Atintono explained that 202 of the matriculants were undergraduates who were pursuing programmes leading to a degree in junior high school education while 119 were pursuing programmes leading to a degree in primary education.
He stated that the award of degrees to the first batch of students pursuing` the Bachelor of Education Programme followed the conversion of some 46 colleges of education into degree-awarding institutions by the government in 2012, with affiliation to some public universities.
He said until the 2018/2019 academic year, the college, which was affiliated to the University of Cape Coast, was awarding diploma certificates to its graduates in spite of the conversion in 2012.
Dr Atintono told the students to count themselves lucky to be among the first batch of students to be awarded degree certificates, which required them to be disciplined and committed to their books in order to succeed.
Appeal to CETAG
He expressed appreciation to the Colleges of Education Teachers Association of Ghana (CETAG) for calling off its strike action against the government in November 2018, which paved the way for academic work to begin at the various colleges of education.
He, also, appealed to the leaders of the CETAG to continue to dialogue with the government, the Fair Wages and Salaries Commission and other stakeholder agencies to ensure a smooth and uninterrupted academic work on the campuses.