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Over 1,000 students matriculate at MMCET    

April 11, 2017 By Regina Pratt 

Students at the ceremony

Over one thousand students on Saturday, April 8, 2017, matriculated at the Milton Margai College of Education and Technology (MMCET) to pursue courses in various disciplines.

In his welcome address, Principal of MMCET polytechnic, Dr. Saidu Kanu, said it was the first time in 50 years that the college was holding its matriculation ceremony at Congo Cross campus.

He said the occasion was another milestone in the history of the college for giving dedicated service to the country and beyond, adding that the institution was determined to providing quality education to people that would attract the job market.

Dr.  Kanu stated that the comprehensive curriculum review of the college’s academic programs was to ensure it’s in consonant with international standards and would address the country’s national development challenges.

“The introduction of new academic programs is in line with the country’s national development agenda-Agenda for Prosperity and as well as measures the quality of graduates as the ultimate learning outcome,” he said.

He disclosed that the college would introduce the new semester system in the 2017/18 academic year that would provide more contact hours between students and lecturers replace the several examinations time with practical lessons as well as realistically reduce the amount of funds spent on stationery for setting examinations.

He noted that the system would enable the polytechnic to synchronize its operations with other institutions.

The Principal said several years have lapsed without graduates from the institution receiving their original certificates, thus adding that it has disadvantaged graduates in seeking job and pursuing advanced studies.

He said the Ministry of Education has now mandated them to produce certificates for its graduates and that it would be ready at the end of this academic year.

He expressed gratitude to the Arab Republic of Egypt for donating quality equipment to the college which includes automobile, electronics and carpentry equipment for the Faculty of Engineering at Congo Cross Campus to provide hands-on practical for students.

“The college’s administration has also provided a computerized examination office for staff and students database, a resource center for the production of academic materials, rehabilitation of the library and hospital, donation of books by the Brook Trust Foundation, the $317,000.00,”he said.

He said the International Atomic Energy Agency project would  install three medical science laboratories to be used to train students in Medical Laboratory Diagnostics, Veterinary Diagnostic skills, Public Health skills, Basic Sciences Laboratory skills in Chemistry, Biology and Physics will soon kick start.

The principal informed the gathering that the Congo Cross and Brookfields campuses have undergone general facelifts, but noted that challenges of accommodation, classroom space and furniture were yet to be settled as student population continue to increase, adding that transportation and hostels were also posing challenges.

The Dean of the Congo Cross Campus, Dr. Desmond A.K. Conteh congratulated the 2017 matriculants for working assiduously to becoming members of the revered institution, pointing out that the country was in dire need of the middle-level power and therefore the theme for this year’s matriculation “Sustainable Employability”

He also reminded students to work hard and stay focused, cautioning them against cultism and indiscipline.

Dr. Sahr Fillie, Principal of the Freetown Teachers College, who delivered the keynote address, admonished students to abhor violence, stealing, cultism, cheating in examinations and uphold the dignity of the institution.

He stated that Tertiary education would enable them to identify problems, analyze situations, and solve problems in the world of work, adding that their planning, organization and time management skills increase as they study longer and intensively.

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