One ‘E’ Can Send You Home – College of Education Students Warned

PROF FRED Ocansey, Director of the Institute of Education at the University of Cape Coast, has stated that government has instituted a new policy regarding the grading system of colleges of education in the country and that an ‘E’ after resit is what a student needs to be dismissed from college or to be re-enrolled as a first year student.

This is coming on the heels of a massive demonstration organised by students of various colleges of education in the country following the withdrawal of some students for poor performance after the second semester of the 2014/2015 academic year examination.

It would be recalled that some few weeks ago, student leaders from various colleges of education in the country inundated the media with complaints of unfair withdrawal of their colleagues from school as a result of poor performance. However, Prof Ocansey in a speech delivered on his behalf by Dr Eric Anane, a faculty member of the Institute of Education, during the 4th Matriculation Ceremony of Methodist College of Education (METHCOE) in the Eastern Region, said the new policy has been sanctioned by the Ministry of Education, the Council of Tertiary Education and all other relevant stakeholders of education. He said a student who gets an ‘E’ after resit shall be withdrawn from school, adding, ”No amount of social media intimidation or vandalism, though I know you here at METHCOE will not do that, can save you.”

He therefore used the occasion to advise the students to be serious with their books to avert any such unpleasant occurrence.

Teaching As A Vocation
On his part, Rt Rev Kwame Baffour Kyei, Bishop of the Akyem Oda Diocese of the Methodist Church and Council Chairman of METHCOE, speaking on behalf of the Chancellor of the school and the Presiding Bishop of the Methodist Church, Most Rev Awotwe Pratt, assured the students of the continuous support of the Methodist Church.

He advised the students to see teaching as a vocation more than a profession so that they can embrace the path they have chosen in life well and impact positively on the lives of the children they will be teaching after school.

The principal of the school, Mr B. F. Annan, encouraged the students to take their studies seriously since any student who gets a first class will be given a scholarship to study at the University of Cape Coast.

He said though the school couldn’t produce any first class student last year, the number of students who had second class upper was impressive.

He added that the management is still working hard to get placement for the pioneers who graduated from the school.

In all, 93 students were matriculated to read various courses in education in the school.

FROM Daniel Bampoe, Akyem – Oda

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