By Samuel Agbewode
The Ho Municipal Director of Education, Mr. Emmanuel Keteku, has called on the youth to take advantage of the available educational opportunities in the country, to prepare them adequately for the challenges ahead of them, and enable them take up responsible leadership positions in future.
Mr. Keteku said if the youth failed to use the opportunities available to them in the educational sector, they would live to regret it, and pointed out that education, being the source of development of every society, was costly, but without which the desire to achieve success in human development would be a mirage.
The Ho Municipal Director of Education made the call at the inauguration and the first matriculation of Global Communication (G-COM) Pre-University College in Ho, the first of such educational institutions in the Volta Region aimed at harnessing the rich talent of the youth for national development.
Mr. Keteku pointed out that education, particularly, tertiary or pre-university education, called for total commitment and dedication on the part of the students, and support from parents in order to ensure that students make maximum use of the investment their parents and government were making in them.
He stressed that students needed to make an informed decisions, in terms of their career courses, because, decisions they would make in their careers would largely affect them, hence students ought to receive effective career guidance before making any decision on their education, because they would be responsible for any decision taken.
A Lecturer at the South State Polytechnic University in the USA, Prof. Patrick Brobbie, in a speech read for him, said the Pre-University concept started long ago in the United States, and the Pre-University Colleges were called Community Universities, with the main aim of preparing students for Associate Degrees, after which they enroll for two more years to top up in traditional universities for Bachelor Degrees.
Prof. Brobbie continued that the G-COM Pre-University College was a pacesetter, because there were initial discussions between G-COM Pre-University and South State Polytechnic University to expand the current curriculum of the Pre- University, and to have direct collaboration so that students from the University in Ghana could spend two years in their home country, and another two years abroad.
He explained that the system, where students would use two years to study in their home country, and another two years to study in the United States, is called “two by two,” which was currently run for some universities in India and China, as well as other prominent universities across the world.
Prof. Brobbie said G-COM was the first pre-university college in Sub-Saharan Africa that started underground work to run programmes with the South States Polytechnic University in the US, noting that the first batch of 200 students would benefit from the exchange programme, as plans were advanced to reduce the total sum of tuition fees for students from $4000 to $1,500 per student, and urged students to take their lessons more seriously.
He stressed that pre-university education was relevant, and should be maintained to provide middle manpower education for the citizenry, and also help provide alternative paths for those who could not make it directly to the traditional universities, and urged stakeholders in education to embrace the concept to enhance development.
The President of the Global Communications Pre-University College, Mr. Kafui Nyamadi, said the university aims at tackling the technical education with more practical work, rather than the traditional theoretical concept of education, in order to develop the talents of the youth in such fields as Information Communication (ICT), graphic designing, and health related courses.
Mr. Nyamadi explained that the exchange programme with the US Polytechnic University was to open up students to learn new developments across their borders, to enable them be abreast with the changing technological developments of the world, also noting that in terms of internal awards of certificates, the Ghana Education Service (GES) and the Technical Division were responsible for the award of certificates.
The Administrator of G-COM Pre-University College, Mr. Dela Kudjawu, who performed the matriculation rights for the 200 newly-admitted students, asked them to be law-abiding and respect the rules and regulations of the college, as they take their lessons seriously.