Over 900 qualified students representing over 63% of applicants for the admission to the Tamale College of Education were denied admission due to inadequate infrastructure, the Principal of the college, Dr Sulemana Iddrisu has revealed.
The college, he said, admitted 5020 students because the resources available couldn’t were not adequate for 10400 qualified applicants .
Dr Iddrisu said even though the previous National Democratic Congress government invested so much in improving the infrastructure in the colleges, the high demand for college education makes it prudent for the current the New Patriotic Party government to continue in the footsteps of the previous government in building more infrastructure to enable the college increase its intake.
Dr Iddrisu who was speaking at the 6th congregation said the college under his leadership has since instituted the principle academic award geared at awarding excellent and hardworking students.
In all, a total of 485 students graduated with diplomas in basic education. They compressed 372 regular students, 35 UTTD students and 28 sandwich students. Out of the number, 6 had first class.
The college recorded 195 first, second and third class out of the 48 colleges of education in the country. One hundred and eighteen (118) had second class upper, 174 second class lower, 60 had third class and only 1 had a pass.
Dr Iddrisu said his administration was determined to position itself as the center of academic excellence in college of education in the country. He regretted that none of the untrained UTTD and sandwich program students got first and second class.
He advised the graduating teachers to be professional and always prepare adequately before entering the classroom to deliver a lesson.
This, he noted, will enable teachers to establish authority in class.
Touching on sports, Dr Iddrisu announced that the college is constructing two standard ultramodern volleyball pitches and multi-purpose fields for both net ball and hand ball.