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Deputy Education Minister for Administration, Aagon F. Tingban has expressed satisfaction with the Nimba County Community College (NCCC) graduating about 70 percent of students from the Science and Agriculture department.

Minister Tingban made the disclosure on Saturday, December 12, as the Nimba County Community College graduated 167 students with Associate of Arts (AA) degrees in 14 disciplines from three departments, including Business and Public Administration, Liberal Arts, Social Science, and Science and Agriculture.

The ceremony was the college’s first commencement convocation since it was established on September 19, 2010.

Observing that many universities and colleges around the country graduate more students in business disciplines as compared to the sciences, Min. Tingban described as “impressive” the fact that NCCC students showed more interest in the Science and Agriculture College.

With many agricultural activities ongoing in Nimba, including the cultivation of vegetables and other cash crops as well as tree crops, many students admitted that they see better employment opportunities in the agric sector once they graduate, especially coming from what many described as a ‘well-equipped’ training program at NCCC.

In October this year, USAID Food and Enterprise Development program inaugurated a modern science laboratory at NCCC, as was done with several other County Community Colleges around the country recently. The laboratory has no doubt enhanced the capacity of the NCCC’s agriculture department.

The President of NCCC, Dr. Yar Donlah Gonway Gono, boasted about her students’ performances, adding that student population has grown from 438 in 2011 to 1388 in 2015.

Meanwhile, Minister Tingban said, in order to revamp the education sector by taking it from ‘mess to best,’ the Ministry needs about US$200 million. According to him, the Ministry of Education has nine major priorities to tackle and, in order to tackle those priorities; they will need about US$200m.

He outlined some of the challenges as shortage of trained teachers, the lack of enough textbooks, school chairs and desks, revamping early childhood education and girls’ education, among others.

He said if the money were available, the Ministry will be in the position to train more teachers, fund girls and early childhood education, build more infrastructures and equip them by creating better learning atmosphere for the students.

This first graduation was dubbed, “Kwaa Dorlea” which means “let’s go ahead,” in Dahn/Mano.

The occasion brought together an array of government officials headed by Vice President Joseph Boakai, who served as the keynote speaker and several other high profile academics.

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