The Vice Chancellor of the University of Health and Allied Sciences, Prof. Lydia Aziato, has counselled new entrants into the teaching profession to focus on micro specialisation instead of being a generalist teacher.
She indicated that micro specialisation allowed teachers to focus on special interests and excel in their chosen area, which could lead to increased job satisfaction and a sense of professional fulfilment.
Addressing the 15th congregation of the Peki College of Education in the South Dayi District in the Volta Region as a guest speaker, Prof. Aziato said globally, a new crop of teachers were saddled with more responsibilities now, more than ever.
Modern ways of teaching
Speaking on the theme, “Teacher professionalism in the wake of global changes”, the UHAS Vice Chancellor acknowledged that a strategic adaptation of modern ways of teaching was crucial in cognizance of the need to lay a solid educational foundation for the next generation.
Addressing 253 graduates under the bachelor’s degree programme, she advised the graduates to employ empathy and reach out to their students beyond the classroom and also develop skills to meet the needs of students with special needs.
“Your impacts on students should not only end in the classroom,” she advised.
The Council Chair of the college, Prof. Ebenezer Malcam, speaking on the theme indicated that recent global happenings had changed the trajectory of everyday life, hauling in a revolutionary routine heavily dependent on technology.
He, therefore, urged policymakers to implement policies that were geared towards improving learning through information technology.
Out of 253 graduands under the maiden BA programme at the college, five obtained first-class honours while 134 of them obtained second-class upper division.
The Principal of the college, Dr Ebenezer Appah Bonney, in a brief report on the performance of the graduands, encouraged the continuing students to work hard and diligently in order to achieve similar laurels.
Prof. Bonney said the college had made remarkable progress in the development of the physical infrastructure on campus, including the renovation of nine main staff bungalows, an annexe and male halls of residence.
Other infrastructural works, he said, included the installation of 30 CCTV cameras to improve school security, 90 ceiling fans in various halls of residence to improve ventilation and the repair of the college vehicles.
The principal said the college also procured 140 bunk beds and 280 mattresses for the various halls, among other infrastructural developments.
Prof. Bonney said despite those efforts, the college was grappling with challenges, including a deplorable road network through the college, dilapidated hygiene facilities for the
Pitchford and Neale Hall, inadequate staffing of non-academic workers and inadequate accommodation for staff while the ongoing construction of an auditorium had slowed down.
There’s also inadequate fencing of the college perimeters, exposing the school to intruders.
The Paramount Chief of Peki Traditional Area, Deiga Kwadzo Dei II, urged the graduates to accept postings everywhere and continue developing themselves for professional growth while employing integrity and self-respect in the discharge of their duties.
Valedictorian Wonder Kwaku Atsutse graduated with a BEd in Primary Education with a Cumulative Grade Point Average of 3.7.