Bagabaga College of Education (BATCO) Cries For Facilities

Teacher trainees of the Bagabaga College of Education in Tamale stand under trees for their regular morning assembly.

The situation is no different when any dignitary ( say the President ) visits the school to meet with the students.

This is because the College lacks an ultra modern auditorium and the small assembly hall – built in the 1940 s – is too small to accommodate the over 1000 students. Alhaji Adam Zakariah , Principal of the Bagabaga College of Education made this disclosure during the College ’ s 2nd Congregation.

He described the College as “Tertiary College under trees ” because of the prevailing circumstance hence the urgent need for government to build an auditorium for the College.

He commended government for expanding infrastructure in the education sector aimed at eliminating schools under trees but was quick to add that the intervention will be incomplete when teacher trainees in the Bagabaga College of Education continue to stand under trees for important events.

Alhaji Adam Zakariah also thanked government for awarding a contract for the construction of a new female hostel to ease the burden on accommodation facilities female students have been grappling with.

He asked for government help fence the School ’ s land to combat the encroachment on the land by private developers.

Available statistics indicate that about 52 out of 280 students who gained admission into the College to read a three year programme in various disciplines were dropped from the list of the 2011 graduating class because they failed to meet the required academic criteria set by the University of Cape Coast for the three year programme.

The graduands , made up of 228 students who successfully completed the programme were awarded Diplomas in accordance with their respective classes of distinction outlined by the University of Cape Coast.

Dr. Yahuza Gomda , Chairman of the Governing Council of the Bagabaga College of Education said it had experienced massive growth in student population without any corresponding expansion of infrastructure . “We are still dwelling in buildings put up in the 1940s for which reason accommodation for lecturers and students is a big problem that needs to be looked into ” he complained. Dr. Gomda pleaded with government to repair the College ’ s deplorable road network.

The Bagabaga College of Education was established in 1944. Its alumni include the sitting Vice President’ s father , E . A . Mahama , Dr. Hilla Liman , Alhaji Mumuni Bawumia, Abayifa Karbo, S .D . Dombo, Ishague Wemah and Issifu Ali.
Source:Abdul Karim Naatogmah/Citifmonline.com/Ghana

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