The Provost of the College of Education Studies, Prof. Eric Magnus Wilmot, has presented a Toyota Hilux vehicle to the Center for Educational Research, Evaluation and Development (CERED) to facilitate its operational activites. Established in 1992, the Center, which is the main research arm of the College, has been without a vehicle, making it difficult to carry out research works and also to woo non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and development partners for research proposals. Speaking at a brief ceremony held at the forecourt of the College, Prof. Eric Magnus Wilmot said the vehicle broke down and the College took a decision aimed at repairing it to assist the transportation of officials of CESED. “We detected that the old pick up for the office had a very weak engine. And so we took a decision that we could repair it and hand over to one of the departments that was in need- because an order has been placed for a new one”, said the Provost. He continued: “ And instead of disposing of this old pick up and get it to be auctioned so that somebody buys it for cheap, we could recondition it so that CERED would become mobile”. Prof. Wilmot expressed the hope that the gesture would help the Center to expedite action on an ongoing project - Secondary Educational Improvement – that would need a vehicle to make CERED mobile, to solicit projects from NGOs to enable the University to attract more funds. He advised the Center to put the vehicle into good use so as to prolong its lifespan.
Receiving the keys to the vehicle on behalf of CERED, the Dean of the School of Educational Development and Outreach, Prof. Ernest Kofi Davis, thanked the Provost for the gesture and gave an assurance that the donation would be put to good use.
The Coordinator for CERED, Dr. Mark Owusu Amponsah, expressed delight at the presentation of the vehicle, describing it as “unprecedented since the establishment of the Centre”.
He said the vehicle would give the Center a greater mobility to pay development partners regular visits.
Present at the ceremony were the Dean of Science and Technology Education (STE), Prof. J.K Mintah; the Registrar of the College, Mrs. Alberta Graham, and the Faculty Officer of STE, Mr. Yaw Mensah Anhwere.