The Ministry of Education has inaugurated the Governing Councils of some eight Colleges of Education (COE) in the Country. The schools are Gbewaa, St. John Bosco, Kibi and Tamale Colleges of Education. Others are Mt. Mary, St. Theresa, Holy Child and Gambaga Colleges of Education.
Each College will have a 13 member Governing Council. The Minister of Education, Dr. Matthew Opoku Prempeh led the chairmen and members of the various councils into taking the oath of office and that of the secrecy.
Approval of Salaries
Addressing the council members, the Minister of Education advised the council not to arrogate for themselves the power of determining services of condition and salaries of staff of their institutions. He stated that the law has given such powers to the Fair Wages and Salaries Commission(FWSC) and the councils must respect that. He also cautioned the councils to be circumspect in promoting staff of their institutions. He said any promotion done must stand the test of time and not just done in an attempt to favour some people.
Mr. Prempeh further urged the councils to help the government to uplift the images of the schools. He charged them to initiate policies that will bring total reforms to their various institutions.
The minister reiterated the upgrade of COEs in the country into degree institutions saying every new reforms are bound to face some challenges urging the councils to do their part in helping the government to tackle such anticipated challenges head on.
The newly sworn in councils shall be headed by Sheikh Alhaji Ali F. Ibrahim for Tamale COE, Mr. Kolbilla Dimbe Dan, Gambaga COE, Rev. Fr. Dr. Casimir Adjei, St. Theresa’s COE and Most Rev. J. Afrifa-Agyekum for Mt. Mary COE. Others are Prof. Emmanuel V.O. Dankwa, Kibi COE, Most Rev. Alfred Agyenta, St. John Bosco COE, Mr. Patrick Seidu, Gbewaa COE and Most Rev. John Bonaventure Kwofie, Mt. Mary COE.
Homosexuality Illegal in Ghana
Dr. Opoku Prempeh also denied the allegation going round that the government is subtly trying to introduce homosexuality into the education sector. He stated that homosexuality is an illegality in the country and there is no way government will introduce illegality into the education sector. He said the fact that such subjects are being taught in other countries does not mean Ghana will follow same. “When Obama came with his homosexuality thing, we rejected it. In the same way UNESCO cannot impose anything that goes against our culture, values and contents on us. Never in this country will that be done,” he said.