Agogo Presbyterian College of Education, formerlly Agogo Women’s Training College, which is one of the oldest Teacher Training Colleges in Ghana, was established by the Basel Missionaries in 1931. residence of the missionaries At the 1928 Synod of the Presbyterian Church of the Gold Coast, the Basel Mission was requested to establish a girls’ school in Ashanti. The request was in direct response to the Divine Commission to the Church to which the Presbyterian Church of the Gold Coast belonged; go forth therefore and make all nations my disciples-and teach them; (Matt. 28: 19 – 20).
In response to this Biblical injunction and in recognition of Dr Aggrey’s clarion call for the education of the girl, the Basel Mission Girls’ School and the Basel Mission Women’s Training College were establishedin Agogo on the 1st of March, 1931. These schools were established by a young missionary teacher, Miss Helena Schlatter (later became Mrs. Haegele). She was later joined by two other missionaries, Rev. Buechner and Miss G. Goetz. The aim of opening the Training College was to train Ghanaian women teachers for the Girls’ Mission school which had started and inculcated in these young teachers Christian principles that would portray them as good teachers, parents and leaders who could build Christian homes and take up leadership roles in the society.
To ensure that high academic and moral standard were set and maintained, the students were subjected to the proverbial ‘Presbyterian Discipline’. That level of discipline indeed yielded great and wonderful dividends for all the girls and women who passed through the Girls’ School and the Training College, most of whom are in responsible positions, are still very well known for their moral uprightness, general comportment and discipline.
In 1942, during the World War II, the Military took over buildings of the Basel Mission Girls’ School and the Training College. The Pupils and students were taken to the Seminary at Akropong, they however returned to Agogo in 1943. In 1950, the Presbyterian Church took over the School and the College but the chain of Missionary leadership of the college came to an end in 1972 when Miss Debrunner handed over to Miss Annor-Kwakye a Ghanaian. However, Miss Grace Boafo had taken over the leadership of the College for three years before Miss Debrunner. In 1954, the Principal, Dr. Duzi, two tutors as well as 18 students who were studying for 4- yr Certificate “A” course were transferred to Aburi to start the course there. Agogo concentrated on Cert ‘B’ course and a single stream of post ‘B’ course. It was not until 1963 that the 4-yr Certificate “A” course was reintroduced. In 1976, after 45 years of existence, the college turned co-educational with the admission of 10 male students, the name was accordingly changed from Agogo Presbyterian Women Training College to Agogo Presbyterian Training College. Accommodation problems however did not allow the continual admission of male students and after two years’ admission it was discontinued.
In 1977, a Demonstration Kindergarten and Primary School was attached to the College. In 1979 the Junior Secondary School was started with the admission of boys in the Girls’ School and the Girls’ School completely phased out in 1980. Programme Agogo Presbyterian College of Education, APCE, is dynamic, progressive, and continually evolving for teacher preparation in the Country. The College offers comprehensive and nationally approved teacher training curriculum which is both academic and professional. Since its inception, the College has run different pre-service teacher training programmes at different times to meet teacher demands of this country. These programmes include: 2 year Certificate ‘B’, 2 year post ‘B’, 4 year Certificate ‘A’, 2 year Post Sec and 3 year Post Sec.
In September 2002, a new teacher education Policy dubbed IN-IN-OUT was introduced. This was followed by upgrading of teacher training colleges into a diploma awarding institutions in October, 2004. Central to these restructuring is the need to produce effective teachers for quality delivery in the schools. The Diploma in Education programme puts more emphasis on training a generalist teacher who is able to teach at both the Primary and Junior High School level. The programme is based on the IN-IN-OUT structure where students spend the first two years on college based activities and courses whiles the final year is spent outside the college and devoted to school attachment (internship) in the basic school under the supervision of mentors and link tutors. The courses taken consist of foundation courses and professional courses. The foundation courses are English language studies, Mathematics, Ghanaian language and Culture, Music and Dance, Environmental and Social Studies, Moral Art, Catering, Sewing, Information and Communication Technology Education, and HIV/AIDS Education. The professional courses are Educational Studies, Education Psychology, Philosophy, Curriculum Studies, School Management Guidance and Counselling and Research Methods.
Student population has increased considerably over the years. The student population awhich was three at inception now stands at 536 with the break down as follows:
First year (Level 100) – 180
Second year (Level 200) – 178
Third year (Level 300) – 178
The growth in the College does not reflect much in the infrastructure /physical plants in resent years. But for the new administration block built in 2006 there has been not much improvement of facilities over the years. The six classroom block that was started at the beginning of the restructuring into a diploma awarding institution has collapsed after three years of abandoning the project.
The College has two categories of staff – Teaching and Non-Teaching. The teaching staff establishment is thirty two consisting of eight females twenty-four males. The non teaching staff is of many categories: a. Administration staff they consist of the Financial Officer three accounts officers, one storekeeper, a procurement officer, an administrative officer, and two typists. b. Catering Staff the staff consist of two domestic bursars, seven cooks and three pantry hands. c. Maintenance Staff this consist of three artisans, three conservancy labourers and four general labourers.
The chaplaincy is an important and integral part of the teacher formation in APCE. It is the central or the heart of the College. It is headed by a chaplain who in addition to some teaching is responsible for the spiritual up liftment of both students and staff. The College, although Presbyterian, is a broad all inclusive church that offers multi-faith perspective to all. It accepts all without any discrimination against any yet does not compromise on our basic believes.
Agogo ShineBuilding on our proud past, APCE continues the tradition of excellence to ensure quality delivery by the products of the College. The College combines educational theory with practical knowledge needed to solve practical problems to equip the trainees effectively. There is a strong built in programme for micro teaching and on campus teaching practice to adequately prepare the students in the College’s training programme. Both staff and students are committed to the work as contained in our motto: Learn and serve The College has striven to live the vision of the founding missionaries. Since the establishment of the college has produced high calibre teachers well fitted for the noble profession. Those that have left the classroom has also excelled in all the field that they enter
Admission into Agogo Presbyterian College of Education
Application Forms are ready for sale in February each year at the College and other Colleges of Education.
Applicants Applicants will first make a payment of ONE HUNDRED GHANA CEDIS (GHC100.00) in the name of COLLEGES OF EDUCATION – GHANA through SMARTPAY INTO THE COLLEGES OF EDUCATION-GHANA account NUMBER at any branch of the GHANA COMMERCIAL BANK where they will be issued a unique PIN (PERSONAL IDENTIFICATION NUMBER) with a serial number.
With this PIN, applicants will then visit: http://admissions.princof.org ! and follow specific guidelines to fill in the online application form.
Applicants are to note that application forms that are not properly completed will not be processed.
NOTE: On completing the application form online, an applicant will need to print a copy which should be mailed to The Principal of the College chosen with one passport photograph and a copy of the applicantâ€™s result slip(s).
Applicants will be notified of the receipt of their applications by SMS.For the admission proper, applicants will receive notifications by SMS and those who do not receive any such notifications should understand it to mean that they have not been selected for admission.
APPLICATION DEADLINE:The deadline for submission of applications online is 30TH MAY most of the time
Admission Requirements of Agogo Presbyterian college of education
The MINIMUM requirement for admission to the Three-year Basic Education Programme in a College of Education for WASSCE or SSSCE applicants is CREDIT PASSES IN FIVE (5) SUBJECTS MADE UP OF THREE CORE AND TWO ELECTIVE SUBJECTS THREE OF THE FIVE SUBJECTS MUST BE ENGLISH LANGUAGE, MATHEMATICS, INTEGRATED SCIENCE OR SOCIAL STUDIES.
For purposes of admission, a credit pass in: (a) WASSCE MEANS GRADES A1- C6 (b) SSCE MEANS GRADES A-D
2. ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS FOR VARIOUS PROGRAMME OPTIONS The specific requirements for admission to the various Programme options are as follows:
WASSCE/SSCE CREDIT PASSES IN FIVE SUBJECTS COMPRISING ENGLISH LANGUAGE, CORE MATHEMATICS, INTEGRATED SCIENCE OR SOCIAL STUDIES AND TWO ELECTIVE SUBJECTS.
WASSCE/SSCE CREDIT PASSES IN FIVE SUBJECTS COMPRISING ENGLISH LANGUAGE, CORE MATHEMATICS, INTEGRATED SCIENCE AND TWO ELECTIVE SUBJECTS IN THE AREA OF MATHEMATICS AND OR SCIENCE
WASSCE/SSCE CREDIT PASSES IN FIVE SUBJECTS COMPRISING ENGLISH LANGUAGE, CORE MATHEMATICS, INTEGRATED SCIENCE OR SOCIAL STUDIES AND TWO ELECTIVE SUBJECTS INCLUDING FRENCH.
WASSCW/SSCE PASSES IN FIVE SUBJECTS COMPRISING ENGLISH LANGUAGE, CORE MATHEMATICS, INTEGRATED SCIENCE OR SOCIAL STUDIES AND TWO RELEVANT ELECTIVE SUBJECTS.
Prospective applicants should wait to get all their results before applying because only results provided at the time of submitting applications will be used in selecting students.
Completing the application form online is the first step in the selection process. Applicants are therefore entreated to read through the admission documents carefully before completing their application.
Agogo Presbyterian College of Education Contact Address
P. O. Box 26