The Mount Mary College of Education (MOMACO) has held its eleventh graduation ceremony in Somanya with a call on government to come rehabilitate the deplorable road network leading to the school.
Principal of the college Dr. (Mrs) Cecilia E. Esinam Agbeh made the call in her keynote address delivered at the graduation ceremony which saw 344 graduands pass out with Diploma in Basic Education (DBE).
The principal who made similar call during the previous graduation in October, 2017 emphasized that, “…in this light, we have made a passionate appeal to the Minister of Roads and Highways, through the Municipal Assemblies for Yilo and Lower Manya Krobo, and also through other appropriate Authorities, and it is our hope that our pleas would be attended to and this will definitely yield the anticipated results at the soonest.”
Awards were presented to six (6) first class students, 5 males and a female who excelled in their chosen fields of study.
Dr. Esinam Agbeh congratulated government for its continuous effort in upgrading colleges of education in the country.
“Let me mention the commitment of Government to improve the Educational system of the Country at almost all the levels of the educational ladder, particularly at the Colleges of Education,” she said.
Government through the National Accreditation Board has accredited all 46 colleges of education in the country (Ghana) to offer a 4-year degree in Bachelor of Education starting from the 2018/2019 academic year.
“Apart from bringing enthusiasm and hope to all Students, by restoring the allowances, all Colleges of Education are going to offer a 4-year B.Ed degree programme in various courses starting October this year (2018),” Dr. Esinam stated.
Mount Mary College, like any other College of Education in the Country, is currently running a 3- year Diploma in Basic Education programme (DBE) and altogether, have six (6) Academic Departments responsible for the programmes.
The departments include Languages, Mathematics, Vocational/Technical, Science, Education and Social Sciences.
IGF and Disbursement
The school even though has limited Internal Generated Funds (IGF), fiscal discipline and prudent management has led to the renovation of the following infrastructures: the old and deplorable Assembly Hall, a block of the male dormitory, continuation of the fence wall of the school, blocks of staff common rooms, a 10-seater bio digest water closet among others.
The college has benefited a three-storey accommodation flat for staff use, a ten room Guest House and 1500 sitting capacity College auditorium (97% completed) funded by the Ghana Education Trust Fund (GETFund).
Thanks to the same GETFund, Dr. Esinam Agbeh said, contract has been awarded for the procurement of 3000 assorted chairs for the auditorium, offices, dining hall and the library.
“Again, contract has been awarded for the procurement of 3000 assorted chairs for the auditorium, offices and to replace the benches that are currently used at the dining hall and at the library. We are grateful to NCTE, the GETfund and the Government at large,” she noted.
MOMACO and Gender
Aside a total staff of 108, consisting of 57 teaching and 51 non-teaching staff, the former is made up of 14 (13%) females and 43 (87%), leaving a higher gender inequity.
The current student population stands at 1080 with 434 (48%) males and 557 females representing 52%, a situation that could be described as evidence of improvement in girl child education.
Challenges of the school
Apart from the deplorable road network highlighted earlier, the school is faced with numerous challenges including inadequate lecture halls, logistics, human resource, inadequate staff residence, administration, and office accommodations among others.
Mount Mary College of Education
Mount Mary College of Education was established in the year 1947 by American Catholic SVD Missionaries. It started with 23 male students who offered the Teacher Certificate “B” programme.
Lack of space, infrastructure and the need for expansion had compelled the college to be moved to the present location in 1950 for which official inauguration took off on December 8, 1951.
Having chalked 70 years in 2017, the anniversary will be celebrated in December this year, with the anniversary launch slated for June 6, 2018 in Accra.
Source: Omanba Kodwo Boafo/ritefmonline.org