The Minister for Agriculture, Mr. Fifi Fiavi Kwetey, has hinted that all five Agriculture Colleges in the ountry will be upgraded to Diploma awarding institutions.
A formal request, he observed, had been sent to the National Accreditation Board (NAB) in line with this effort.
The Minister made these statements when responding to questions on the floor of parliament posed by the Member of Parliament for Ejura Sekyedumase, Mr. Mohammed Salisu Bamba, who wanted to know from the Minister the steps being taking by his Ministry to upgrade the Ejura Agricultural College to a diploma awarding institution.
Mr Kwetey said the NAB’s inspection of all facilities of Ejura Agriculture College indicate that there were the need to improve the infrastructure at Ejura Agriculture College before the college could be accredited to run the diploma program.
The Minister enumerated inadequate number and quality of teaching staff, Small Size library with outdated books, inadequate classroom and accommodation as some of the concerns.
The rest were inadequate residential accommodation for tutors and students with no science laboratory.
Mr. Kwetey noted that the ministry as part of measures to address the inadequacies at the college had collected forms from the NAB for upgrading from Certificate to diploma awarding institution which were being filled and would be submitted with the requested documents as soon as possible.
Additionally, the ministry had posted an experienced Director from Kwadaso Agriculture College to Ejura as the principal, adding that this person was greatly involved during the accreditation process at Kwadaso, hence, was expected to bring his rich experience to bear on the accreditation process at the college.
According to him, the college now has a teaching strength of fifteen; a total of 7 tutors representing 46% had master’s degrees.
He emphasized that the ministry had put in place a programme for future training and capacity building of the teaching staff.
“Currently, a tutor is in Australia undertaking a two-year masters degree programme, whilst 7 of the tutors have participated in short courses in China, South Korea and Holland” he added.
Mr. Kwetey maintained that the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) had donated a quantity of assorted books to improve the stocks of books at the college’s library, and had promised to regularly supply books to the college.
He mentioned that the ministry had applied to GETFUND Secretariat for support for the construction of classroom block and halls of residence for tutors and students, adding that, the school through its collaboration with AGRA-UDS had received a quantity of science equipment for science practical.
Source ISD (Raymond Kwofie)