Christian Service University holds 34th Graduation ceremony
From Issah Alhassan
The government has been called upon to reconsider the Legislative Instrument that established the Ghana Education Trust Fund (GETfund) to allow the flow of public funds to also support private tertiary institutions in the country.
Such support, according to the Chairman of the Council for the Christian Service University College (CSUC) in Kumasi, Prof. Samuel Afrane, was necessary to enable private tertiary institutions in the country to complement the efforts of public universities in the delivery of quality tertiary education in the country.
Prof. Afrane reiterated the call during the 34th Graduation ceremony of the Christian Service University College (CSUC), held last Saturday in Kumasi.
He said for private universities in the country to continue to meet the increasing challenges of quality tertiary education, there would be the need for the state to provide some kind of support to enable them continue to contribute meaningfully to Ghana’s development.
Prof. Afrane noted that even though the state was not constitutionally mandated to cater for private universities, some kind of support, in the form of government scholarships, could go a long way to enhance the development of their human resource capacity base, to improve teaching, learning and administration in these private universities.
He therefore, expressed the hope that the on-going constitutional review would adequately address the issue, so that many Ghanaians, who cannot gain access to public universities, can also benefit legitimately from the public coffers.
In all, 462 students were graduated, having completed four-year degree programmes in Theology, Computer Science and Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA).
Out of the total number of the graduands, 402 came from the Business Department, 53 from Theology, and seven from the Computer Science Department.
The President of the CSUC, Prof. Emmanuel Frimpong, disclosed that frantic efforts were being made by the school to gain accreditation to pursue courses in Nursing, Information Communication Technology, Supply Chain Management, and other relevant courses in the field of academics.
He stated that the school was constructing a modern six-storey hostel with a 400-capacity to accommodate students, while sod would also soon be cut for the construction of a five-storey multi-purpose building to house the school’s Library, Computer Centre, and a modern Language Laboratory for the Communications programme.
The acting Dean, School of Business at the University of Ghana, Legon, Dr. Kofi Osei, commended the management of the CSUC for playing a pioneering role in the development of the human resource capacity of the country.
He said as a private university, the CSUC had not only distinguished itself in the field of academics, but had also produced spiritual and God-fearing leaders for the country.
“The University of Ghana is very proud to be partners of your institution, and it is our hope that we continue to engage each other for our mutual benefit, and for the development of quality tertiary education in the country,” Dr. Osei noted.
The General Secretary of the Christian Council of Ghana, Rev. Dr. Fred Deegbe, urged the graduands to lead good lives worthy of Christians, and to make meaningful impact, as people trained with religious principles, when they enter the job market.
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