The Vice-Chancellor of University of Cape Coast [UCC], Prof. Joseph Ghartey Ampiah, has affirmed the University’s commitment to ensure the holistic growth of Colleges of Education in Ghana.
Prof. Ampiah noted that UCC would not renege on its responsibility as mentors of the Colleges but provide the necessary assistance to help them achieve their mandate of producing quality teachers for basic schools in the country.
The Vice-Chancellor made these statements at the signing of an Affiliation Agreement and Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between UCC and two Colleges of Education; Al-faruk College of Education, Wenchi and St. Vincent College of Education, Yendi.
Prof Ampiah said the decision made by the two institutions to enter into agreement with UCC was an indication they were committed to the collaboration. He said the Affiliation Agreement and MoU have spelt out the responsibilities of the mentor and mentee that bind them.
As part of the mentorship arrangement, Prof Ampiah said UCC would continue to build the capacity of the different categories of staff of the Colleges.
Signing of Affiliation Agreement and MoU between UCC and two Colleges of Education Photo: UCC Public Affairs
The Director of the Institute of Education, Prof. Frederic Ocansey, noted that forty-seven  Colleges of Education (44 public and three private) were currently affiliated to UCC. He assured the two colleges that UCC with its vast experience in mentoring would support them to deliver on their mandate.
On behalf of Al-Faruk College of Education, the Principal, Mr. Wahab Sualibu expressed gratitude to management of UCC for accepting the college as an affiliate. He said the primary focus of the College was to train competent Arabic teachers for Arabic basic schools in the country since most of the teachers who handle Arabic in those schools lacked formal education.
He seized the opportunity to thank the Director of the Institute of Education and some lecturers at the Institute for assisting them.
UCC VC - Prof. Joseph Ghartey Ampiah
The Principal of St. Vincent College of Education described the ceremony as a memorable day adding that “without UCC we will not have been where we are”. He was hopeful there were better days ahead for the two institutions.
He asked for support in terms of research to enable the tutors develop their skills to write quality articles for publication in local and international journals.
Source: ATL FM News