2017 PRIESTLY ORDINATION AT ST. GREGORY THE GREAT MAJOR SEMINARY, PARKOSO.
THESE EIGHT DEACONS WERE ORDAINED INTO THE CATHOLIC PRIESTHOOD BY MOST REV. GABRIEL J.Y. ANOKYE ON THE SATURDAY,15TH JULY 2017.

 

CHRIST THE TEACHER COLLEGE OF EDUCATUION APPIADU: 3RD MATRICULATION

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CHRIST THE TEACHER COLLEGE OF EDUCATUION APPIADU

THE PRINCIPAL’S ADDRESS:
VERY REV. FR. DR. LOUIS K. TUFFUOR
3RD MATRICULATION
ODEEFUO OWUSU AMOAYE II CONFERENCE CENTER
THURSDAY, 24 NOVEMBER 2016
 
THEME: BUILDING A COLLEGE OF EDUCATION WITH EXCELLENCE
 
INTRODUCTION
 
As the Psalmist says, this is the day the Lord has made let us rejoice and be glad in it (Ps 118: 24). I add my voice to that of the College Chair to welcome you Most Rev. Gabriel Justice Yaw Anokye, Archbishop of Kumasi, Odeefuo Owusu Amoaye II and Nananom representing him; dignities from fellow Colleges of Education,  Teaching and Non-Teaching Staff, Friends of the Media and the Community at large.
It is my pleasure to deliver this address for the 3rd Matriculation of 30 students to CTCE at Level 100 into the General Programme of the College. 
 
Our theme is: Building a College of Education with Excellence.
 
BEGINNINGS
Since our inception on 24 September 2014, it has always been a privilege for me to brief the Proprietor, the Archdiocese and Appiaduman on the progress we have made so far in building a College of Excellence. Commencing our College in the 2014/15 academic year with 50 students, 32 males and 18 females, we progressed with a record admission in 2015/16 of 81 students, counting 35 males and 46 females. The replacing the 5-Semester Programme with a 4-Semester one by the Government, Private Colleges of Education seem to have lost their competitive edge to Public Colleges of Education. While some Public Colleges have almost doubled their intake, ours has dropped significantly by almost 60%. We can only hope that the large increases in public schools would promote quality education, producing student-centred and dedicated teachers, prepared to teach in rural Basic Schools in the country.
 
A NEW CLASSROOM BLOCK
With the help of Archbishop Anokye and the Archdiocese of Kumasi, some friends from United Kingdom and United States of America, a two-storey horse-shoe shaped, multipurpose classroom block to cater for a Library, ICT and other needs of our students. The ground floor of this block is almost 70% complete. It is our hope to finish the concrete flow of the mid-level slab soon and then complete the ground floor screeding by 15 January 2017; just in time for the 2016/2017 Academic year 1st Semester Exams by UCC.
To date, our total student-population stands at 150; consisting of 78 males and 72 females. In the level 300, we have a total of 46 students (30 males and 16 females) participating in the “Out” Programme at six different basic schools, namely, Trede, Tetrefu, Appiadu, Donyina, Emena and Kokoben within the following three districts: Kumasi Metro, Ejisu, and Trede. 
We sincerely thank the Coordinators, Mr. Augustine Dwamena Boateng, Mr. Anthony Osei Boateng and a few others for their hard work in making the “out” programme possible within a very short time of notice from NCTE and UCC Institute of Education. 
Studies on campus are in earnest progress with our level 200 students; 76 (35 males and 41 females) as well as those to be matriculated, numbering, 14 males and 16 females giving us a total of 30 matriculants.
 
ADVICE TO MATRICULANTS
As new students of our God fearing Catholic College of Education, we commend you into the hands of our Teacher par excellence, Christ Jesus himself. Being part of this college of excellence, as we sing in our anthem; you need to persevere in your studies with hard work. Aristotle (384-322 BC), a great Greek philosopher and scientist once said “we are what we repeatedly do; excellence is not an act but a habit”.  Matriculants, your seniors in level 300 had almost 98% pass in their latest results. They passed all their subjects while progressing from level 200 to 300 except one of them who failed in ICT. The results of those in Level 200 can certainly improve. We are confident that following the college’s disciplined regiment of prayer, studies, work and play, you will gradually achieve our common goal of obtaining 100% pass in all subjects. 
Dear students, at all cost, refrain from having referrals; repeated resits can stunt your academic progress. Believe in your own potential to study hard and pass your exams without any external help. Support each other by forming study groups; it is doable to pass all your subjects that way. Your teachers and administration are here to assist you. Take advantage of their presence.
In granting you the privilege of being students of CTCE, we challenge you to eschew all vices. Avoid the use of illicit drugs; they are dangerous substances that damage the brain, personality and one’s future. Do not allow yourselves to be distracted by having amorous relationships; they can lead you astray.
 
EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION
The future of our college is promising. College Administration would like to introduce Early Childhood Education as a programme of choice in our curriculum. Our approach in this field is modeled after Maria Montessori (1870-1952), an Italian Physician who discovered a methodology of educating children called “Scientific Pedagogy”. In this method of teaching, Dr. Montessori believes that by allowing children to engage the environment freely, they are more likely to discover the solution to their own needs (The discovery of the child, Maria Montessori, 1912:www.archive.org/details/ TheDiscoveryoftheChild/17 November 2016). For example, if a child is barricaded in a room, he or she will find a way to overcome the obstacle in his or her way.
 
2016 ELECTIONS 
With a couple of weeks to the voting day of 7 December, I encourage you all to vote wisely; vote on issues and not on social demographics or relationship of tribe, stature or class. Vote for the one who would partner with the Church to establish and promote quality education in Ghana for national development. 
Maria Montessori on the search for fairness and peaceful co-existence wrote, “Preventing conflict is the work of politics; establishing peace is the work of education” (Education and Peace, p viii, Foreward http://www.montessori.org.uk). 
 
In politics, governments have the capacity, resources and agents to stop conflicts but it is only education that can stop it and bring about peace. Some systems of governing, on one hand, believe in keeping people ignorant in order to continue to rule their subjects. Education, on the other hand, brings about social equalization. As the key to success, education usually frees one’s conscience to engage issues of substance that leads to healthy politics and peaceful coexistence. Education has its own limitations, but combined with the “Fear of the Lord” and respect for the dignity of human life, it has always achieved its goal of unity and peace; mutual respect and social development.
Here again, Christ the Teacher par excellence shows us the way to lasting peace and happiness when he says: “unless you are converted and become like little children you shall not enter the kingdom of heaven. Whoever humbles himself as this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. (cf. Matt. 18:3-5). Free therefore, the child-nature in adults and our college, community, church, Ghana and the world shall be transformed for greater things.
 
Long live CTCE and Early Childhood Education
Long live the Catholic Archdiocese of Kumasi
Long live Mother Ghana
Thank you and God bless you!
LKT/raa/ekd
 

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