The Jackson College of Education (JCE), the first Private College..



The Jackson College of Education (JCE), the first Private College of Education running a Distance Education programme in Ghana, has produced its third batch of newly trained teachers, in line with its objective to make more teachers available for basic schools.

JCE is a division of Jackson Educational Complex which offers a three-year Diploma in Basic Education through Distance Learning. It is affiliated to the University of Education-Winneba (UEW), and accredited by the National Accreditation Board (NAB). JCE has over 30 learning centres across the ten Regions of Ghana, with 40 full time staff and an average of 700 tutors, 40 Centre Supervisors and 10 Zonal Co-ordinators who are employed on part time basis in an academic year.

Nine graduands, six males and three females, came out with distinction. Mr. Solomon Amoah-Kusi, from the Kumasi centre, scooped awards for the Overall Best Student, Co-Best Student in English and Best Science Student, while Miss Eunice Arthur, also of the Kumasi Centre, was adjudged the Best Female Student and Best Student in Education. Others were Justin Kuu-Ere, Ansah Abu and Linda Anomah who picked awards for Co-Best Student in English, Best Mathematics Student and Best Teaching Practice Student respectively.

The 1,836 new graduates are part of a total of 4,402 graduates, comprising 2,256 males and 2,146 females, who have obtained Diploma in Basic Education from the College over the last three years, since its inception in 2009.

In her speech at the Graduation Ceremony held on Saturday, 17th October, 2015, the Principal, Mrs. Theodosia Jackson, urged the graduates to desist from the canker of indiscipline and corruption because effective schooling required discipline and good moral conduct. Dr. Stephen Mitchual, representing Professor Mawutor Avoke, the Vice Chancellor of the University of Education, Winneba, stressed the need for quality education to help the nation harness its resources for the benefit of humanity, pointing to teachers as the bedrock in the provision of quality pupils. According to him, the most frustrating moment in a child’s educational career was to be in a classroom without a teacher, which affected the development of the full potential of the child. Dr. Mitchual commended JCE for accomplishing its mission of offering hope for a brighter future through the three-year Diploma in Basic Education Programme by Distance Learning across the 10 regions of the country.

The Executive Director of National Teaching Council, Dr. Augustine Tawiah, in his address noted that teacher absenteeism affected performance of pupils and advised management of JCE to maintain high standards for quality education. According to him, teacher absenteeism which stood at 27% previously, had reduced to 9% due to effective monitoring and supervision of teachers. The Guest of Honour, Nana Adu Mensah Asare, Amakomhene, noted that the development of every nation rests on education which had lifelong effects on an individual, adding “it (education) is a liberator for life”.

The Amakomhene called for support for any initiative that aims at promoting quality education in Ghana. In a valedictory speech, Mr. Solomon Amoah-Kusi, (the Overall Best Student), commended the founders of JCE for their vision of establishing the College. He appealed to the government and the Ghana Education Service (GES) to show interest in the products of the College to provide the needed quality of education in the rural areas.

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