By: Chris Twum
The Minister of Education, Mr. Alex Tettey-Enyo, has stated that tertiary education in the country would have to be made more attractive and competitive, if it is to contribute meaningfully to the socio-economic development of the country.
Speaking at the 3rd Congregation of Wisconsin International University College (WIUC) at North Legon during the weekend, Mr. Tettey-Enyo noted that if tertiary education was not made competitive, there would come a time when the country would be producing managers with no technocrats to undertake the operational jobs, because the driven mentality in our society today, concerning the university, had created a rather erroneous impression that any student who does not find his or herself in the university, is rated as a second class tertiary student.
He further noted that the government’s policy was to open up opportunities for wider participation in tertiary education, through the creation of attractive options within the tertiary system, since each institution has a unique mandate, yet complementary role to play in national development.
The Minister further pleaded for the expansion of distance learning, even though universities in the country were doing well to balance between the traditional and non- traditional modes of learning, and for the expansion of the tertiary education, and thus urged the various institutions to create their own ranking system, to enable the local institutions to become more competitive.
Prof. Ernest Aryeetey, Vice Chancellor of the University of Ghana, Legon, and the Guest Speaker of the occasion, charged the students to conduct more research, in order to broaden their knowledge.
He however, concluded by saying he was aware of the challenges of the private tertiary institutions when it comes to finding academic staff, but urged the students to inculcate the culture of learning by relating to one another.
A total number of 433 students were graduated, 25 Master of arts adult education, 47 Master of business administration, 46 Bachelor of Arts, Computer Science and Management, 214 Bachelor of Arts Business Studies, and 101 Bachelor of Arts in Computer Science and Management, with Tetteh Dinah Naa Kai the Best Overall Student.
Some awards were also given to both graduate and non-graduate best students in the academic year.