EducationGhana |November 28| Accredited Agriculture Colleges in Ghana: The Ghana Tertiary Education Commission (GTEC) was established by the Education Regulatory Bodies Act, 2020 (Act 1023) which repealed the National Council for Tertiary Education Act 1993 (Act 454) and the National Accreditation Board Act, 2007 (Act 744).
GTEC, an amalgamation of the National Council for Tertiary Education and the National Accreditation Board has the mandate to regulate tertiary education in all its forms in Ghana.
The Commission is responsible for the accreditation of public and private tertiary education institutions; and programmes of public and private tertiary education institutions.
Without limiting subsection (l), the Commission shall determine (a) the requirements for the maintenance of standards of physical infrastructure, governance systems, human resources and financial sustainability in the tertiary education sector;
the programmes and requirements for the efficient and effective operation of a tertiary education institution and maintenance of acceptable levels of academic or professional standards in the institution; and
the levels of all qualifications awarded by recognised or accredited institutions including professional institutions in the country or elsewhere.
Prospective and Continuing students must be very much aware of the kind of tertiary institutions they attend to for their certificates so as to prevent going to institutions that are not given the necessary accreditation to run certain programmes.
In view of these functions, GTEC has given accreditation to four (4) Agriculture Colleges in Ghana for the 2022 Academic year.
The Accredited Agriculture Colleges in Ghana for the year 2022 subject to review include;
It is the premiere private agricultural college that has been offering technical vocational courses and other tertiary courses in general agriculture under the supervision of the National Accreditation Board (NAB), National Board for Professional and Technicians Examination (NABPTEX) and the National Council for Tertiary Education (NTCE), The Ministry of Food and Agriculture (MOFA), the Ministry of Education (MOE), and the Ministry of Manpower Youth and Employment (MMYE).
Kwadaso Agricultural College (KAC) was establish in 1922 at Kumasi with structures provided by the Cadbury and Fry which was the major buyer of cocoa in the then Gold Coast.
The College was established to train initially young school leavers in cocoa production.
As a result of the need to increase food production for both soldiers and the civil public due to World War II the institution was expanded in 1946 to admit secondary school leavers to be trained in General Agriculture.
The learners were employed as frontline staff or Agricultural Assistants of the then Department of Agriculture.
In 1948 the Department of Agriculture acquired the land of the Central Agriculture Station from the Asantehene for Agricultural Research and Training. Structures were constructed for Seed Multiplication Centre, Cocoa Division, Soil and Crop Research as well as for training.
The College is situated approximately on a sixteen square-kilometer campus of undulating land and pleasant surroundings, about seven kilometers away from the central business district of the city of Kumasi.
The campus presents a panorama of beautiful and modern buildings interspersed with verdant lawns and tropical flora, which provide a cool and refreshing atmosphere congenial to academic studies.
It has within the short period of its existence become an important center for the training of agriculture extension officers and agribusiness personnel.
There are seven Halls of residence in the College. They are Hunter, Nicholas, Sam, Smith, Martinson, and Rose Mensah. Four of the Halls of residence for males only and two for females only.
The Halls of Residence and, the Administration Block occupy the central portion of the grounds.
The College started awarding its diploma in June 2007. All diploma examinations are reviewed by external examiners and moderators to ensure that high academic standards are maintained.
4. ANIMAL HEALTH AND PRODUCTION COLLEGE
The Animal Health Production College (Veterinary College), one of the six (6) Agricultural colleges in Ghana, and the only Veterinary College.
The colleges are owned and run by the Ministry of Food and Agriculture (except the Kumasi Institute of Tropical Agriculture), a government ministry focused on the growth and development of the Agricultural sector so that Ghana can increase food security, reduce poverty, increase employment and increase the contribution of Agriculture to the overall GDP of the country.
The Veterinary College was established in the 1922 in Tamale, Northern Ghana, by the British colonial administration to increase the health of livestock in what was then the Gold Coast. Unfortunately, in 1925, the school was closed due to funding shortfalls.
In 1960, the college was rebuilt in Pong-Tamale and reopened thanks to funds provided by the United States.
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