The Kumasi Metropolitan Chief Executive (MCE), Mr Osei Assibey-Antwi has paid a glowing tribute to the Jackson Educational Complex (JEC) for its immense contribution to teacher education in the country.
He said the unique role being played by JEC is in line with government’s vision to make quality education accessible to every Ghanaian child especially those in deprived communities.
Mr Assibey-Antwi made the observation at a ceremony to award scholarships to 37 students of the college by the Jackson Foundation in Kumasi.
The foundation which prime objective is to provide financial assistance to brilliant but needy students of JEC was launched last year, during which period 15 students were offered scholarships.
At this year’s ceremony, twenty-four awardees were awarded based on their outstanding academic performance; and among the 13 others, whereas some were recognized for their commitment to teaching in the deprived communities after completing their courses of study, the rest were recognized for their relatively poor financial backgrounds
This, the KMA boss noted, was a laudable initiative worthy of commendation and support by all well-meaning Ghanaians.
He added it takes people with high sense of patriotism and selflessness to embark on such a noble cause, adding that the gesture would go a long way to impact the lives of several children in rural communities.
He further opined that the good work being done by JEC demonstrates why government must create space for the private sector to contribute immensely to national development.
The Mayor, therefore, donated a cheque for five thousand Ghana (GH ¢ 5,000.00) cedis toward this worthy cause.
Mrs Theodosia Jackson, the Principal of JEC said the principal aim of the foundation is to promote excellence among students and provide support for the underprivileged.
She added that since the target of JEC is to train teachers willing to serve in the deprived communities, it is imperative to set up the Foundation to support some of the students who are mostly financially handicapped.
She disclosed that the College has successfully produced about 10,000 graduates since its establishment.
Mrs Jackson implored the awardees to work hard to justify the investment being made in them, cautioning that the scholarship would be withdrawn if they retrogress in academic performance.