By: Frederick T. Ferrer
On September 6, 2012 was the second day of celebrating the 4th Annual Institute of Teacher Education (ITE) day celebration. The program started at exactly 8’oclock in the morning and it was opened with doxology by the chosen students followed by the message of Prof. Teresita H. Bernal, the ITE program chair and he inspirational message of the guest speaker Dr. Marcelino C. Gapultos, instructor 1 of the Isabela State University, Roxas campus. Many activities were done on that day such as: parlor game, some entertainment and the academic contest particularly trhe quiz bowl competition. All the winners will represent the ITE department for the incoming intramurals. Dr. Rudy S. Bernal, the instruction coordinator of the ISU-R was conducted the science quiz. Many students was joined the competition. In the end of the competition, Mr. Anthony Daliba, Bachelor of Secondary Education, major in mathematics third year student won the contest. After trhe science quiz, immediately the math quiz followed. Based on the result, Mr. Keshirwin Corea and Frederic Ferrer both a BSE-III math students were declared as winners. The story of a wonderful Teacher
We were at the leisure area in front of the school when we saw him passed; a very tall; fine looking gentleman with an imposing presence. The previous day his coming was announced at assembly. Though we were all expecting him we got scared by his huge stature. We murmured as he walked grandly through the fields towards the school blocks. Certainly he will be an awful teacher we argued. Not another Mr Obeng again! Amon moaned.
Miss Agnes was still sick and we were without a teacher. We spent most of our time idling on the fields. Occasionally we sneaked to the Legon main gate to watch the Legon students on demonstration against late Gen. Kutu Acheampong’s regime. They sung taunting songs which were so enjoyable. ‘Kutuuu, Kutuuu, Kutuuu. Kutuuu Kutu ye aboaa.’ (Kutu is a beast). They blocked the Accra-Madina road in front of the police station. It was desperate situation for Kutu so policemen were drafted across the country. They swamped the Legon station in anticipation of quelling the riot.
The taunting went on despite the heavy police presence. The hapless policemen looked on as traffic was halted. Intermittently they swooped on the protesters. The students generally dashed into the secured walls of the campus with the speed of lightening. They regrouped and returned to create more chaos as soon as the police retreated. It was a ding dong affair. ‘Acheampong kortibortor dan … wanga sheeegee. (Acheampong the uncircumcised son of a whore, you are an imbecile). Kutu had enough of the petulant students. He fed the scoundrels three times a day, the ingrates!
He unleashed the police on the students with a brute force. During the mayhem a student by the name Agyei Barima was so unlucky. He got caught up in the brutalities. His funeral was held in grand style. Fleets of Legon buses carted mourners to his funeral. As the buses passed by soulful dirges filled the air; ‘Agyei Barima your death was painful, it was untimely. Ghosts are unpleasant spirits else we will escort you on your journey’.
We were like liberated spirits floating on the wind unconscious of the world corrupted by Kutu and his henchmen. Teacher Kwesi’s arrival brought some sanity particularly into my life. I was reformed and I faced life head on. It all happened after a personal encounter I had with him. This led to the fulfilment of the dream initiated by Miss Agnes. I became bored and disillusioned after she went away as the hostilities of the teachers became rife. Mr Obeng the Craft teacher’s appetite for bashing sky rocketed. He used the canes more often on students than what they were meant for. Then he came; Sir Kwesi the giant teacher. We lived in perpetual fear of him. No student was ready to receive any bashing from his huge arms. I always...