Mrs Patricia Fafa Formadi-Aniwa, a Lecturer at the Family and Consumer Science Department, Faculty of Agriculture, University for Development Studies, said teaching was a noble profession and that indulging in acts such as absenteeism, lateness to work and alcoholism contributed to the falling standards of education.
She said teachers had a responsibility to help all children realise their full potential, regardless of their circumstance.
“The name teacher says that within you reside the ability to speak life, to empower, mentor and develop the individual. Teachers are people who believe others and have an uncanny ability to spot the potential in somebody,” she said.
Mrs Formadi-Aniwa said many children came from difficult homes and community environments and the school was often the only place where they would hear positive messages.
“They might also have reading, numeracy and other challenges but you have got to work with them and show them that they are worthy,” she said.
Mrs Formadi-Aniwa said achieving quality education was a collective effort as it could not be done by the Government alone.
She urged the graduating students to play their roles effectively as they entered the teaching field.
Dr Mrs Harriet Naki Amui, the Principal of the College, said the college chalked many successes over the years due to adequate measures put in place.
She urged the gradaunds to apply the knowledge acquired in their chosen career to build their lives for the good of the nation.
Students who excelled in the various courses were honoured.