March 29, 2016 By Casper Hsu and AL Mansaray (Interns from Bournemouth University, UK)
A plentiful number of educators, diplomats, politicians and the local populace converged at the Milton Margai College of Education and Technology (MMCET) in Goderich last Saturday, to witness the convocation ceremony of graduating students.
The graduants received bachelor’s degrees in environmental sciences, education, engineering and business and management studies.
“I think we have graduated a couple of very good students and I’m sure they will be contributing very significantly to national development,” MMCET principal Dr. Saidu Kanu said.
Kanu advised the graduates to be very focused and hardworking in their life endeavours.
“Work hard, and hard and harder because with diligence and honest work, you will always have a space in society,” he advised.
Vice Chancellor and Principal of Njala University, Professor Earnest Tom Ndomahina, in his remarks cautioned the students of the challenging road ahead, as they strive for better jobs or maybe further their education.
“With the theme – education as a tool for positive change – we have no doubt that you are up to the task. Society will see you as agents of change,” he told the graduants.
Some students also attained Higher Teacher’s Certification, whilst others were awarded National and Higher National diplomas.
Inspector Aminata Norman of the Sierra Leone Police (SLP), who graduated and was accorded a Bachelor of Education degree says: “It’s a very good success because having a bachelor of education degree is a step in the right direction especially that women have been working assiduously for higher achievements.”
Inspector Norman specifically thanked the SLP for giving her the opportunity to further her education without which we wouldn’t have been able to study for a degree course.
“I want to say a big bravo to the Inspector General of Police (IG Munu), officers and the ranks and file for their support,” Inspector Norman concluded.
In his closing remarks, Acting Registrar Sherifu Bangura thanked the attendees and graduants for making the event a success.
“All of you present here have contributed in diverse ways to the outcome of this 2016 convocation ceremony,” Bangura concluded.
MMCET polytechnic is located in three localities – Brookfield, Congo Cross and Goderich – within the Western Area of Freetown.
It was established about 50 years ago with an estimated 500 students in mind, but has now considerably surpassed that figure and housed at least 4000 students.