As part of processes to ensure a smooth transition of colleges of education to tertiary status, the University of Education, Winneba (UEW) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Ashanti Mampong College of Technical Education, at a short ceremony at Winneba.
Signing on behalf of the UEW was the Vice Chancellor, Professor Mawutor Avoke, while Rev. Dr Nyuieku Avotri, the Principal of Mampong College of Technical Education, signed on behalf of his institution.
Other officials of the UEW present at the ceremony were the Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Rev. Prof. Anthony Afful-Broni, Dr C.Y. Akwaa-Mensah, Registrar. The Council Chairman, Mr Daniel Kweku Adarkwa, and the College Secretary of the Mampong College of Education, Mr Samuel Opoku, were also present.
Professor Avoke said the signing of the MoU signified the formal take-off of collaboration between his outfit and some of the colleges of education.
He stated that it was the responsibility of the UEW to be actively engaged in establishing a development-oriented relationship with all academic institutions in Ghana and beyond, especially with those that are concerned with the training of quality teachers for the country.
“For me, the colleges of education are our cherished partners in ensuring quality teacher education, training and quality education delivery in Ghana and beyond,’’ he pointed out.
According to him, there was the need for the affiliation so that some higher educational institutions would help build the capacities of the colleges, stressing that the move was critical in frame-working for professional development and growth.
For his part, the Principal of the Mampong College of Technical Education, Rev. Dr Avotri, said the college which was established in 1927, as the only wholly technical college, has pursued technical education since then.
He said over the years, his institution had produced the bulk of technical teachers for the country and that moving forward, it was important that they affiliated with institutions that could further the mandate of training technical teachers.
He expressed optimism that the collaboration with the UEW would help the college to achieve its aims and objectives for the benefit of the staff and students.
The Council Chairman of the Mampong College of Technical Education, Mr Kwesi Adarkwa, said he was hopeful that other colleges of education would follow their example to affiliate with the UEW to improve their standards.