Minister for Zongo and Inner-Cities Development, Dr. Abdul-Hamid Mustapha has promised Muslims that the next New Patriotic Party (NPP) administration will build a college of Education in the Eastern Region.
This was in a response to the leadership of Eastern Regional Council Muslims Chiefs that made a passionate appeal to government to establish an Islamic University College of Education in Donkokrom.
President of the Council, Sarkin Zongo of Kibi, Alhaji Umar Abubakar at a consultative meeting of the council on peaceful elections held in Kibi over the weekend made the appeal on behalf of his colleagues.
According to Alhaji Umar, the Islamic University College of Education will produce quality human resources with blend Western and Islamic education.
Currently many of Islamic schools are struggling to get professional teachers to teach both circular and Islamic subjects.
Meanwhile, Minister for Inner Cites and Zongo Development, Dr. Abdul-Hamid Mustapha, who was the guest of honour promised to escalate their request to the Vice president of the Republic Ghana, Dr. Alhaji Mahamud Bawumiah for special consideration.
According to the Minister, the NPP manifesto for 2020 elections also promise to build 16 new model Islamic Senior High Schools (SHS) in the Zongos across the regions.
“It is therefore prudent to have higher institution of learning such colleges and universities to accommodate future graduates of the model schools, hence, the need to give your demand a priority,” the Minister added.
He gave the assurance that the funding for the Islamic University College would come from GETFUND.
An opinion leader and a private businessman, Alhaji Ismail Abdul-Karim, a resident of Koforidua was full of praise for the Muslim leadership in the region and commended them for making education a priority.
He reiterated: “Islam placed a high value on education, and, as the faith spread among diverse peoples, education became an important channel through which to create a universal and cohesive social order.”
According to Alhaji Abdul-Karim, the Islamic University College of Education in the region which is already under construction is an initiative of the Ghana Muslim Mission adopted by Muslims in the region.
Currently, the project is been sponsored to seek efforts of all central mosques through Friday donations which woefully inadequate.
“The intention of the government to build the school next year is a welcoming relief to the Muslims in the region”, he said.
He continued that “the role of teacher education in every society is of great prominence”.
The Consultative meeting observed that in the past, a teacher was cogitated as a vital source of knowledge, but today this view is somehow vary.
Generally, the predominant role of teacher for the purpose to contribute to the development of a society in indispensable.
In this regard, the Islamic University College of Education when completed is expected to produce morally upright teachers with improved professional skills to address the shortage of teachers in Islamic school.