By: Attipoe Gilbert
The Principal of the St. Teresa’s College of Education (TERESCO) at Hohoe in the Volta Region, Mrs. Angelina Kutin-Tandoh, is appealing to the government, particularly the GETFund Secretariat, to release the needed funds towards the completion of the College’s Complex Hall project which was started many years ago, but has been abandoned.
Mrs. Kutin-Tandoh, who made this appeal in an interview with the Herald Newspaper last week said, the project if completed, would help the school’s academic activities.
Like any other institution of higher learning, the college is not without challenges.
The major challenge is government’s inability to complete the college’s 1500 capacity auditorium complex started by the GETFund some years ago, has been stalled making life difficult for the students in terms of infrastructure.
Speaking to The Herald, the Principal of the College, also mentioned lack of residential accommodation for staff and students, lack of fence wall for the college, as well as poor lighting system as additional challenges facing academic work of the school.
She disclosed that, only a few tutors are currently housed on the college compound, adding that most of them commute from town to school everyday, a situation that does not help promote discipline among the students.
Mrs. Kutin-Tandoh, lamented that the lack of a fence wall around the college has opened the institution to a thoroughfare facility, a situation which poses danger to the students particularly when the ladies are taking their bath or dressing up for school functions.
In the area of the college’s poor lighting system, the Principal noted that, the electrical fittings were fixed during the days of the establishment of the school for a small number of students.
According to her, the increased student intake, calls for a complete re-wiring of the college compound to take care of the current load on the wires which sometimes sparks off lightening putting fear into the students.
Lawrencia Enyonam Asem Deku, who is also a student of the school said, despite the challenges they found the school to be one of the best in Ghana.
She said if the government comes to their aid in solving their problem, it would go a long way to affect their studies positively.
The principal appealed to the government, the Old Students’ Association, Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs), well-wishers, as well as other stakeholders of education to come to the aid of the college which according to the Principal is one of the best colleges of education in the country.
She commended both the past and present students and tutors of the college for their contributions towards the development of the college over the years and urged the current club of students and tutors to help improve if not maintain the status quo of the institution.
Meanwhile, in spite of the school’s challenges in the area of inadequate resource, management of the college has used the school’s Internally Generated Fund (IGF) to undertake the construction of a few facilities.
Some of these include the construction of a new one storey block to be used as a store as well as departmental offices for Heads of Departments (HODs) of the College. The facility also has a small conference room and a library for the students.
The current facelift, also saw the repainting of all the school’s facilities with its traditional colours.
A large bathroom facility with cubicles has also been built for the students. The College authorities have turned the old science laboratory into a dormitory block in order to address part of the acute residential accommodation challenges facing the students. An old and written-off kindergarten block has also been renovated for use as a lecture hall for the students.
Mrs. Angelina Kutin-Tandoh told The Herald, the entire college compound has been painted, all from the IGF of the school in order to beautify the facilities on campus.
She used the occasion to congratulate the President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo Addo on his election as the next President of the Republic of Ghana. According to her, the college community is proud of the President’s achievements and expressed the hope that Nana Addo would formulate policies that would benefit Ghanaians and also move the country forward.
Mrs. Kutin-Tandoh appealed to other stakeholders of education of the school in the area to help raise the status of the college among the comity of colleges of education in the country.
The St. Teresa’s College of Education is the only all female teacher training institution in the Volta Region and one of the best in Ghana. It was established some 55 years ago by the Roman Catholic Church.
It is one of the 38 government colleges of education in the country and one of the seven colleges of education in the region which has the highest number of public teacher training institutions in the country.