Vice Chancellors pledged to support Dr Adutwum
Accra, April 18, GNA – Vice Chancellors of
Public, Private and Technical Universities in Ghana have pledged to support the
Minister of Education, Dr Yaw Osei Adutwum, to transform and develop the
country through education.
The Chairmen of the Vice Chancellors who made
the announcement, said they would support the planning, promotion and
implementation of strategic policies that sought to transform the development
of education leading to the country’s socio-economic development.
The VC’s gave the assurance at separate
ceremonies when they paid a courtesy call on Dr Yaw Osei Adutwum, in Accra on
Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.
The visits were aimed at congratulating the
Minister on his elevation to a substantive Minister of Education and also discuss
issues that would help improve education in the country.
Again, each leadership of all the three
categories of Universities used the occasion to make a case which was peculiar
to them to help bring about changes and improvement on their campuses.
The Vice Chancellor for University of Health
and Allied Sciences (UHAS), Prof. John Owusu Gyapong, Chairman of Vice
Chancellors of Ghana, on behalf of his colleagues, stated that, the
universities would ensure that the vision of President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo
was achieved for the betterment of the country.
Prof. Gyapong lamented the irresponsiveness of
the Ghana Education Trust Fund (GetFund) in terms of the release of funds and
completion of projects started in the various tertiary institutions over the
years, leading to congestion which did not augur well for effective teaching
The Chairman of the VC’s appealed to the
government to provide more infrastructure in all tertiary institutions in the
country to meet the increasing intake due to the Free Senior High School (FSHS)
He appealed to the Minister and for that
matter the government to suspend the Public Universities Bill till the right
measures and concerns raised by all stakeholders are resolved.
The Minister of Education, Dr Yaw Osei
Adutwum, on his part, commended the VC’s for their roles in the attainment of
quality education over the years as well as the training of the manpower needs
of the country.
He urged the Universities to rekindle their
research activities since research played very crucial role in addressing the
challenges of society.
Dr Adutwum called on the Universities to
redouble their effort towards improving the nation’s Gross Tertiary Enrollment
Ratio (GTER) which (currently at 18.8 per cent) was very crucial in the
training of the right manpower for the industrial sector as well as other
sectors of the economy.
He again appealed to all stakeholders in the
nation’s education sector to contribute their quota towards improving the GTER
which held the key to the nation’s socio-economic development.
The Education Minister assured the VC’s of
efforts being made by the Government towards improving infrastructure in all
tertiary institutions to enhance effective teaching and learning.
“There is the need for you to collaborate with industry in the training of the right manpower for the nation so that graduates from your institutions would easily be employed without much a difficulty”.
This, he said, could be done by engaging
industry in the planning of their academic programmes and other activities that
contributed towards the training of their students to meet the 21st century
needs of the job market.