The Dambai College of Education on Friday, December 13, 2019 held its 16th matriculation ceremony on the main Campus in Dambai, Oti Region to officially initiate fresh students into the College for the commencement of 2019/2020 academic work.
Addressing the gathering, the Principal of the College, Mrs. Benedicta Awusi Atiku commended the students for choosing to study at DACE. She admonished all students to endeavour to sign the Matriculation Register as a basic condition for becoming Junior Members of the College.
The Principal detailed that the College received a total of 535 applications out of which only 249 were admitted to pursue the various Four – Year Bachelor of Education Degree (Regular) programmes, remarking that 65.07 % of the admitted students were male whiles 34.93 % were female, indicating an increase in the female admission compared to previous years. The college also admitted a total of 151 sandwich students to study Post-Diploma and Diploma programmes, noting that 47.68 % of the admitted students were male whiles 52.32 % were female.
Advising the matriculants, Mrs. Atiku admonished them to aim high and take their studies seriously: ‘you need to continually recall that the distance between today’s ceremony and congregation ceremony is quite wide and it is important that the trip ends fruitfully. For this to be achieved, you must be regular at lectures, carry out all your course work, and eschew deviant behaviours and other vices that can expose you and others to dangers.’
The College Principal retold the fresh students to study and deliberate on the contents of the Students’ Handbook carefully to familiarise themselves with all the rules and regulations therein. She further revealed to the matriculants that actions such as examination malpractice, stealing, physical and sexual assault were criminal and offenders found culpable will face dismissal with possible prosecution. She encouraged them to pursue their career and integrate academic excellence with other aspects of life, especially moral uprightness and spiritual elevation, advising them to search for assistance and information socially and intellectually from the College Counseling Unit and other information dissemination outlets in the College.
Mrs. Benedicta Atiku assured the students of the College’s commitment to protect them against all kinds of harassments, stating that the College has a robust policy on sexual harassment that seeks to uphold the rights of both staff and students. She guaranteed the public of more innovative programmes to be introduced in the coming years.
The College Council members under the leadership of Prof. Daniel K. Ofori – Danson, the Council Chairman, attended the ceremony. Also in attendance is a representative of the Vice Chancellor of University for Development Studies, the affiliation university, Prof. Hebert Dei.
Source: DACE ICT Centre