Teachers have a big role to play in nation building because the students they teach are our future leaders and this underscores the importance of prioritising teacher education which is exactly what H. E. John Dramani Mahama did during his little over 4-year stint as president.
He abolished the quota system leading to increase enrolment to teacher training colleges by 65% and also elevated public Colleges of Education to tertiary institutions.
His infrastructure development in the various colleges of education was staggering. Some of these are as follows:
At the Abetifi Presby College, he constructed a1300- seater auditorium, 3-storey men’s hostel, 3- storey female hostel, a clinic and the renovation of a 3-Bedroom Bungalow.
Accra College of Education: 1000-seater auditorium and a
2-storey demonstration school block.
Bimbilla E.P College: construction of an administration block, fence wall and a modern ICT laboratory.
At the St. Francis College in Hohoe, the following work were done: renovation of old administration block, construction of an 8-unit flat for tutors, rehabilitation of access roads, construction of a 2-storey female hostel, a 2-unit semi-detached bungalow and the renovation of an old assembly hall.
Dambai College: construction of access roads, fence wall, administration block, assembly hall complex and a semi-detached staff bungalow.
Jasikan College of Education: construction of staff flats, a library complex, a lecture hall, an auditorium and an ICT centre.
Agogo Presby College: a multi-purpose auditorium, a 3-storey 18-unit classroom block and a 3- storey students hostel.
Atebubu College of Education: a 1,500-seater auditorium, a 2-storey staff flats, a library, an ICT centre, a 3 storey 18-unit classroom block, another 4-unit flats for staff and a 3-storey female hostel.
St. Joseph’s College-Bechem: a 2- storey female hostel block, an administration block and an 8-unit flat for staff.
There are more: an administration block was constructed at the S.D.A College of Education in Koforidua and a-1,500 seater multi-purpose auditorium was built at St. Monica’s College in Ashanti Mampong.
Others are a 4-storey administration block and a 4-storey 16-unit block of flats for staff at the Presbyterian College in Akropong; a 2-storey female hostel at the Akatsi College of Education and the construction of an administration block at the Aburi Presbyterian Women’s College, amongst many others.
Mahama is a sun, he keeps rising! He is to the rescue of our dear nation, and I can't wait for his 24-hour economy to give jobs to the suffering unemployed youth of Ghana.
Anthony Obeng Afrane