St Francis College of Education inducts first female principal
Dr. Adwoa Kwegyiriba, a professional teacher, has been inducted as the first female principal of St Francis College of Education (FRANCO) in Hohoe.
She becomes the first woman and the 9th principal in the College’s 114-year history.
Dr. Kwegyiriba holds an “A” Teacher’s Certificate from Komenda College of Education in 1996, a Bachelor of Education in Elementary Education and a Master of Arts in Development Studies, both from the University of Cape Coast.
Dr. Kwegyiriba’s passion for knowledge and her interest in academia led her to continue her studies abroad where she obtained her doctorate in educational economics and management at the Graduate School of Education of the Huazhong University of Science and Technology (HUST), Wuhan, China.
She is an astute researcher and has authored 46 publications in peer-reviewed journals and in the field of logistics and transport, and the management, quality, access and financing of Higher Education.
Dr. Kwegyiriba is National Research Director for Women in Technical Education, Fellow of the Chartered Professional Administrators (ChPA) and Professional Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Administrators and Management Consultants (CIAMC)-Ghana.
In his inaugural address, Dr. Kwegyiriba pledged his allegiance to lead the Institution with dignity, resilience and perseverance.
Dr. Kwegyiriba noted that the College has been consistent in its academic excellence, adding that the Institution has, during its period of existence, produced many reputable teachers with impeccable professional credentials.
“I, Dr. Adwoa Kwegyiriba, will ensure that we maintain and enhance our goal of instilling in students the academic abilities, professional skills and moral values required for teaching.”
She said the world had unexpected challenges that had fundamentally transformed all institutional foundations and the College was not left out, hence the need for reforms to survive.
Dr. Kwegyiriba is a fearless woman and a strong Christian of Catholic faith.
She is married to Dr Jojo Okyere with children.
Ghana Higher Education Commission (GTEC) Deputy Director General Dr Ahmed Jinapor Abdullai said the Commission was not oblivious to the state of service conditions of staff and faculty at the colleges of country education.
He noted that it was saddening when colleges used their meager resources to pay expensive faculty tuition fees, mostly outside the country, and only for them to be poached by traditional universities.
Dr Abdullai said that while the Commission is not against the free movement of faculty between institutions, those sponsored by colleges of education must meet all contractual agreements for such sponsorship before disengagement.
He noted that the government had faculty, staff and colleges of education staff whose salaries and allowances were covered.
Dr Abdullai said the government was in the process of procuring “4×4 Cross Country” vehicles for heads of colleges of education, with 23 to be procured this year and the rest next year.
He said FRANCO was one of the beneficiaries of the government’s 45 three-story student residences to be built across the country this year.
Dr Abdullai said the Commission is committed to supporting the government to ensure that the colleges carry out their mandates effectively and efficiently.
He said the accreditation of educational institutions to admit more students and introduce new programs would be linked to the employability of students.
Dr. Abdullai urged graduate students to engage in whatever they do and project a good image of their alma mater.