The Evangelical Presbyterian College of Education in Amedzofe, Volta Region, has celebrated the graduation of its first batch of degree students, with 174 students receiving Bachelor of Education degrees in Primary and Junior High School.
This graduation ceremony was particularly remarkable as it honoured seven students with First-Class honours, the highest achievement in nearly a decade.
Dr Dickson Tsey, the Principal of the college, commended both the students and teaching staff for their outstanding performance, emphasizing the significance of this accomplishment in the college's history.
In his address to the graduates during the 15th Congregation, Dr Tsey encouraged them to continue expanding their knowledge and contribute meaningfully to the country's development upon entering the workforce.
He urged them, saying, “I challenge you to go out there with passion to make a difference and impact your generation. In doing this, I want to encourage you to be guided by the principles of hard work, perseverance, and integrity.”
Dr Tsey expressed optimism that the increase in the number of teaching and non-teaching staff, which now stands at 103, would have a positive impact on academic activities and enhance student performance.
He also provided updates on various construction projects, including the ongoing construction of a 6-unit, 2-bedroom staff apartment, which is approximately 70% complete, and the construction of a modern 10-seater sanitary facility. These projects are being funded by the college's internally generated funds with support from the alumni association.
Additionally, plans are underway to construct a 180-bed capacity hostel to accommodate the growing number of female students. The Ghana Education Trust Fund (GETFund) has approved the construction of a 300-bed capacity hostel, and construction has already commenced at the French campus.
Dr Tsey shared the good news that the abandoned four-story female hostel, which had been left incomplete for a decade, will be re-awarded to a contractor for completion. He expressed gratitude to the Government of Ghana and GETFund for their support in this regard.
The college has also made efforts to enhance its facilities and educational resources. The French Information Communication Technology lab has been equipped with 10 new computers, and a scholarship scheme has been established to recognize the achievements of high-performing students.
Dr Tsey explained, “In order to inculcate the spirit of studiousness and academic competition among our students to help sustain this enviable principle, the Academic Board had given its approval for Management to institute a scholarship scheme for students.”
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