Dr. (Mrs) Benedicta Awusi Atiku is a teacher educator with 22 years of experience in Colleges of Education system in Ghana. She focuses on excellent education delivery, education institutional development, research and publication and community services. She has been in educational leadership in various capacities since the year 2000 and currently serves as the Principal of Dambai College of Education. Additionally, she is the Representative of Principals Conference (PRINCOF) on National Steering Committee of Early Childhood Education Policy Implementation of Ghana Education Service under Ministry of Education; the Secretary of Volta-Oti PRINCOF; and the Patron of Teacher Trainees Association of Ghana (TTAG) of the Volta-Oti Sector. She is noted for her pragmatic, result-oriented transformational leadership which she does through stakeholder engagement, collaboration and cooperation with emphasis on inclusivity firmly grounded on communal oriented culture. Dambai College of Education she leads currently is witnessing astronomical transformation in infrastructure provision, staff development and promotion, students innovative services and college community engagement.
Some leadership portfolios she served prior to her appointment as Principal included Vice Principal; Lead in T-TEL College-Based Challenge Fund; Lead in T-TEL College-Based Payment-By-Result Fund; College Policy Development; Chairperson of Professional Development Committee, Academic Planning & Quality Assurance Committee, Disciplinary Committee, Library Committee, Residence & Housing Committee; HoD of Academic Department; Programme Coordinator of UTDBE; HIV / AIDS Education Coordinator, Senior Hall Warden, Hall Warden among others, all at the Colleges of Education system.
Her love for educational development and extension services pulled her into organising voluntary teaching in deprived schools in Central Tongue District of the Volta Region in 2014 which witnessed massive success with 83 Colleges of Education teacher trainees participation for two weeks. Similarly, she served as the Focal Person of Agenda Developers-Peki Education Network (PEN), an NGO into community education improvement in 2018 and 2019.
She has many publications to her honour among which most concentrated on teacher development and educational administration. Her area of specialisation is educational administration, management and leadership. She holds Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) Educational Leadership from University of Education, Winneba; Master of Philosophy (M.Phil.) Administration in Higher Education; Master of Education (M.Ed.) Educational Administration; and Bachelor of Education, all from the University of Cape Coast. She believes in life-long learning and thus undertook short courses which included ‘Lean Theory’ at the University of St. Andrews and Dundee, Scotland; ‘Online Design, Teaching and Learning’ at the University of Applied Sciences – Digital Society School, Amsterdam; ‘Empowering Principals of Colleges of Education in Ghana for Transformational Leadership -The Ghana / Netherlands Comparative Experience’ at the Netherlands University of Applied Sciences, Netherlands and ‘Teacher Education for Basic Education of African Countries ‘B’ under Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) at the University of Kagoshima, Kagoshima, Japan. She participated in many regional, national and international workshops / forums to improve her professional delivery capacity. She made presentations in most of those forums.
Awards she has won included:
Dr. Frank Awuah is an educationist with nineteen (19) years post-certification teaching and administrative experience at the basic, secondary and tertiary levels of education in Ghana. From December 2019 to date he has been serving as the substantive Vice Principal of Dambai College of Education. He obtained a Master of Philosophy (M. Phil.) and Bachelor of Education (B. Ed) degrees in Social Studies from the University of Education, Winneba (UEW) in 2014 and 2011 respectively. In 2022 he completed a doctoral study leading to the award of a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D) degree in Social Studies Education from the University of Education, Winneba, Ghana. He qualified as a basic school teacher in 2004 after completing a three-year initial teacher training programme at Dambai Training College (now College of Education), and was awarded a Teachers’ Certificate ‘A’ with distinction in teaching practice by the University of Cape Coast. He had his basic and secondary school education at Senchi Methodist basic schools and Adjena Secondary Technical School respectively in the Asuogyaman District in the Eastern Region of Ghana. He was the Head of Department (HoD) for Social Sciences in Dambai College of Education from September 2015 to August, 2017, and also coordinator of sandwich programmes from May 2019 to December, 2019. He has served as a member of various committees at work places including disciplinary committee, project committee and the Committees of the Academic Board of Dambai College of Education. His research interest areas are educational assessment, teacher education and continuous professional development of teachers. He was part of a team that wrote two training manuals; one, for the training of College of Education tutors to improve their basic school pedagogical skills, and, the other, for improving the mentoring skills of basic school teachers for effective mentoring of student-teachers from Colleges of Education. He also has a number journal articles to his credit. He is married with three lovely children.
Mr. Gideon Ayebila is a Chartered Accountant, he also holds Master of Business Administration in Accounting & Finance from University of Applied Management (Germany), Bachelor of Commerce degree from University of Cape Coast, Level 5 diploma in Business Information Systems from Association of Business Executives (UK). He has over Sixteen Years’ experience of practicing Internal Auditing. Fourteen (14) of which had being with Ghana Education Service where he rose to become the Municipal Internal Auditor in the Kwaebibirem Municipal Education Office in the Eastern Region.
He has undertaken several audit assignments being a team leader to several audit location on routine auditing and of Basic Schools, Senior High Schools and District/Municipal Education Offices including investigations.
Prior to his appointment as the College Internal Auditor, he was the Acting College Internal Audit of Methodist College of Education in the Eastern Region from January 2020 to 31 January, 2022.
His role as College Internal Auditor is to offer an independent, objective assurance and consulting services in order to add value and improve the College’s operations. The Internal Auditor seeks to assist the College in achieving its objectives by bringing a systematic and disciplined approach to evaluate and improve the effectiveness of risk management, control and governance processes.”
As part of delivering on its mandate the Internal Auditors’ function includes but not limited to:
• Making an objective assessment of operations and share ideas for best practices.
• Providing guidance for improving internal controls, processes and procedures, performance, and risk management systems.
Thus, internal auditor plays a vital role in supporting College Council and and management in fulfilling an essential component of their governance mechanisms. The internal auditor furnishes analysis, appraisals, recommendations, information concerning the activities reviewed. The internal auditor can suggest ways for reducing costs, enhancing revenues, and improving profits.
It is worth noting that the Internal Auditor works in partnership with management and provides the board, the audit committee and executive management assurance that risks are held at bay and the organization’s corporate governance is strong and effective. They work in the same team and want the organisation to be and remain successful.
Thaddeus Danquah Kokobina, is an educationist with twenty-Seven (27) years of teaching experience. Twenty-one (21) of these years were spent in the College Education. He taught in St. Teresa’s College of Education, Hohoe from 2002 until his appointment as an Acting College Secretary of the same College in 2013. He resigned from the position of Acting Secretary in February 2022 after acting for eight and half years, and returned to the classroom as a full-time Senior Tutor of the College until his appointment as the Substantive College Secretary of Dambai College of Education on October 1, 2022.
In addition to been an Acting College Secretary whilst teaching alongside in St. Teresa’s College of Education, Mr. Thaddeus Danquah Kokobina also served as Staff Secretary of the College from September, 2004 – August, 2008 and the Hohoe Local GNAT Secretary form 2004-2008. He was the PTA Financial Secretary for St. Francis CoE Demonstration JHS B, Hohoe from September, 2021 – April, 2023, and the PTA Vice Chairman of St. Joseph’s School Complex, Hohoe from 2018-2021. He served as an Academic Counselor/Form Master/Class Advisor in St. Teresa’s College of Education, Hohoe on different occasions from 2004.
Mr. Thaddeus Danquah Kokobina is a selfless, dedicated, hardworking and trustworthy individual. He is a team player and meets his set targets and deadlines on scheduled. He has the ability to work independently with minimum or no supervision. He is a time conscious individual and highly disciplined.
Mr. Thaddeus Danquah Kokobina has;
As a student of linguistics, Mr. Thaddeus Danquah Kokobina is fluent in both written and spoken English, Twi and Ewe. His research Area is in Linguistics and has two published works in Linguistics to his credit.
The College Secretary performs the following roles among others
The College Secretary serves as the Secretary to College Council, Secretary of all other Boards and Statutory Committees of the College and is the Chief Administrative Officer of the College. He is answerable to the Principal of the College in the discharge of the administrative duties.
The Secretary of the College is responsible for the custody of the College Seal and for affixing same to relevant documents of Council and the Academic Board. The Secretary of the College shall be responsible for the custody of all legal documents and records of the College. The Secretary of the College shall regularly cause to be published all policy decisions of Council, the Academic Board and other Statutory Committees of the College.
His hobbies are;