The Jackson College of Education (JCE) on Saturday held its Second Congregation in Kumasi with a call on the private sector to invest in distance education.
Mr. Charles Aheto-Tsegah, acting Director-General of the Ghana Education Service (GES), said there had been a general increase in school enrolment in recent time, bringing pressure on existing higher education facilities.
?It is no longer possible to meet this demand by establishing more colleges and universities. In terms of cost, they are increasingly becoming prohibitive. The existing educational infrastructure in many countries and in Ghana cannot support and sustain specialized higher education,? he said.
The ceremony saw 2, 388 students drawn from the 30 campuses of the College graduate with Diploma in Basic Education by Distance Learning after three years of study. This brings to 2, 566 number of students the institution has so far graduated.
The JCE, the teacher training department of the Jackson Educational Complex was established by Professor Ebenezer Jackson and Mrs. Theodosia Jackson, both prominent educationists, with over 40 years as teachers in universities and secondary schools.
It has the mission to help increase access to teacher training facilities nationwide and also improve the level of teaching and learning at the basic school by providing high quality teacher training education.
It is also structured to offer sound educational background, opportunities and challenges to post Senior High School students interested in pursuing the teaching profession as well as untrained teachers who could not join the regular Colleges of Education.
Mr. Aheto-Tsegah lauded the Jacksons for bringing their expertise to bear on the nation?s educational development, particularly in the area of distance education, saying the programme had been of immense benefit to the government and teachers in general.
?Perhaps, what is important here is to commend the Jacksons for a good work done?, he said.
Mrs. Jackson, Principal of the College, said the institution recruits qualified tutors from regular Colleges of Education across the nation abreast with current trends in education.
She said about two-thirds of the graduating students registered as untrained teachers, urging them to be good ambassadors of the College by performing creditably.