The Nusrat Jahan Ahmadiyya (NJA) College of Education has admitted 383 students to pursue Bachelor of Education programmes at its 13th matriculation ceremony held at Wa in the Upper West Region
The students were admitted to pursue programmes in Early Grade Education, Upper Primary Education and Junior High School Education.
Speaking at the ceremony, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Education-Winneba, Professor Andy Ofori-Birikorang, in a speech read on his behalf by the Director of Institute for Teacher and Continuing Professionalism Development (ITECPD), Prof. Dandy George Dampson, commended management of the college for its effort in churning out well-qualified teachers to help enhance quality education in the country.
According to the Vice-Chancellor, the role of teaching in nurturing future leaders of the country is paramount; hence the need for more professionally-trained teachers.
He assured staff that the ITECPD is working around the clock to get results from the first batch of their promotion to the Ghana Tertiary Education Commission (GTEC) in the shortest possible time, while advising the new intakes to make the best use of their limited time.
The Acting Principal of the College, Salih Saeed, in his welcoming address said the institution is working hard to improve the security situation on campus.
He cautioned the students to be security-conscious throughout their stay on campus due to lack of security personnel, saying: “The campus is large, with only four security men who cannot be everywhere all the time”.
Mr. Saeed also advised students to comply with the College’s rules and regulations in order to make their stay on campus easy for academic work.
The Upper West Regional President of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Mission, Alhaji Abdul-Haq Mohammed, said the College was established to equip teachers while not compromising on their faith.
“We, as a mission in collaboration with the College, will not hesitate in dealing decisively with any recalcitrant student who does anything that has a tendency to mar the College’s reputation,” he cautioned.
The Nusrat Jahan Ahmadiyya College of Education currently has a total population of 1,502 students, 706 of whom are female and 769 male students. It was established in 1970 as a Mission Private Girls Secondary School with less than 10 students. The school over the years has grown to become a diploma-awarding college of education, and is now offering a four-year Bachelor of Education programme.