The Northern Regional Minister, Moses Bukari Mabengba has appealed to newly trained teachers to accept postings to the rural areas; “because they are the places their services are needed most”..
He made the appeal in a speech read for him at the third congregation of the Bagabaga College of Education (BATCO) in Tamale last Saturday, at which 240 finalist, of whom 58 were females, were awarded the Diplomas in Basic Education.
Mr. Mabengba entreated the teachers to exhibit a high sense of professionalism andl help shape the lives of the children to be entrusted to them and the communities they would serve, as a while.
He disclosed that the government has instituted incentives for teachers in remote areas, and assured that “government would continue to provide a congenial atmosphere for effective teaching and learning in schools nationwide”.
The Principal of BATCO, Alhaji Adam Zakaria, commended the government for upgrading the 38 teacher training colleges to diploma awarding institutions.
He noted that the move would lead to improvement in learning, especially at the basic level since it would be staffed with more qualified teachers.
Alhaji Zakaria entreated the government to provide the required infrastructure and logistics, particularly classrooms, dormitories, lecture halls, language laboratories, and accommodation for tutors, to reflect their new status as Colleges of Education.
The interim chairman of the college’s Governing Council, Dr. Yehuza Gomda, congratulated the granduants and advised them to be worthy ambassadors of the college wherever they find themselves.