The Enchi College of Education (ENCHICO) in the Aowin District of the Western Region has admitted 170 more fresh students for the 2012/2013 academic year.
This was underscored by the Principal of the College, Madam Victoria Aidoo, during a matriculation ceremony last weekend.
Madam Aidoo said the purpose of the matriculation was to formally welcome the freshers and accept them as students and junior members of the college.
Their acceptance as formal students called for the enlisting of their names in the college's register, which carries with some rights, privileges and responsibilities that have been spelt out in the student's handbook of the college.
"It is, therefore, important that you lead lives that are acceptable on campus, and be reminded that every act or behaviour that deviates from the norms is simply a breach of the college regulations."
During this academic year's admission process, the admission board of the college received over 1,650 applications, out of which 170 applicants, being 110 males and 60 females, were offered admission as per the college's quota.
She continued: "As we admit you as junior members of the college, you must count yourselves blessed and very fortunate. Many are those out there who had wanted this golden opportunity, but did not get it. Your prime objective of being here is to pursue a programme of studies, and nothing should derail you from this track. You must set yourselves very high academic and moral standards, remain focussed, and let there be no limits to your dreams, but work diligently towards the achievement of a lifelong dream, capable of sustaining you, your families, and the nation as a whole. The nation is constrained with an inadequate human resource base in the educational enterprise, and you must never relent in your efforts to achieve this national goal for a better future," she added.
Madam Aidoo further said the transition of colleges of education into full tertiary status carried with it a lot of challenges and opportunities, as well as tendencies of deviant practices.
"Our tertiary set up," according to the Director, "is a tertiary with a difference, so do not be swayed by practices in the universities and polytechnics, but manage to exist and operate within the confines and structures on campus."
The Deputy District Coordinating Director of Aowin, Mr. Ibrahim Yakubu, who delivered a speech on behalf of the District Chief Executive, Mr. Oscar Ofori Larbi, said, matriculation ceremonies in tertiary institutions had become an essential activity that dignifies the fresh students to attain full studentship status, and reposition themselves as teacher trainees. "It was therefore, prudent that as teacher trainees, your commitment towards your academic pursuit would be enhanced."
"Teacher education in Ghana seeks to ensure the training and development of competent, committed and dedicated teachers.
"It must, therefore, be seen by all as a process of equipping individuals with the required teaching competencies that would enable them prepare the younger ones to become productive and responsible citizens, who can pursue lifelong learning.
"In view of the aforementioned objective, you have been admitted to pursue the three year diploma in basic education programme, and all stakeholders, especially, tutors and students, are called upon to operate diligently in the pursuit of the development agenda of the nation.
"In light of the above mentioned, the government has re-affirmed its commitment to ensure that quality teacher education in Ghana is given a boost. It was against this background that the government has resourced all the 38 colleges of education in the country, of which the Enchi College of Education was no exception."
Mr. Larbi, therefore, advised the fresh students to take advantage of the opportunity given them, by taking their lessons seriously, setting high personal standards, and remaining disciplined.
"The country needs your service in every community, so it is incumbent on you to develop the culture of commitment and dedication, so that having gone through this programme of study, you would be able to deliver, regardless of wherever you should be posted," he added.
In an acceptance speech delivered on behalf of the matriculants, Mr. Akowuah Asamoah said they had taken the admission offered them into the institution as a privilege, and would make good use of it.
He advised his colleague fresh students to pursue a goal of academic excellence with discipline, and diligently and abide by all the rules and regulations of the college.