8 February 2013

Sierra Leone: FTC Soon to Be Polytechnic - Student Union President

Freetown — The Students Union (SU) president of the Freetown Teachers College (FTC) has told Concord Times on Tuesday at the FTC compound, Jui campus that his college will soon get a polytechnic status for its academic performance.

Abdul Conteh said though his term as president of the SU will end by July, "before my term ends as president, this college shall have polytechnic status".He added that the development of the college is part of his government's role to complement President Koroma's 'Agenda for Prosperity'. The other reason for the donation, he said, was to fulfill some of his promises during his campaign some time last year.

FTC is a training college for teachers. The college is working closely with other colleges in the country not only in the training of teachers but also supervising teachers on teaching practice, training on classroom discipline, character education, modern methods of teaching and modern technology.

"When I was campaigning, I made a lot of promises and this is part of the things I promised to do. I want the management of FTC to know that the 'Agenda for Prosperity' cuts across all sectors. Getting a polytechnic status is something I believe every student would be happy for," he said.

Vice Principal of the college, Mrs. Gladys Deigh, also confirmed the polytechnic process for FTC, adding that it has been ongoing for long. She thanked the SU president and his entire executive for their initiative since their election.

One of the lecturers, Mr. E.S. Kamara, told Concord Times that students would be happier if the college grows and admonished students to take their education seriously.

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