26 November 2012

Ghana: Students Must Study to Face Global Competition-KNUST VC

THE VICE-CHANCELLOR of Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), Professor William Otto Ellis, has urged Ghanaian students to study hard in this era of competition and globalization.

He noted that the entire Ghanaian student body should not lose sight of the fact that the Ghanaian youth is not competing against his fellow Ghanaian or African alone, but with other colleagues from the China, Brazil, USA and all over the world.

Professor Ellis said it is therefore not enough for students to make bare passes but good passes since the race is getting keener and keener.

VC Ellis made gave the advice as Guest speaker at the 52nd Speech and Prize-giving day of Tweneboa Kodua Senior High School (TK) at Kumawu last week.

He urged students to learn hard and acquire good passes in their exams saying "The ball is in your court and how you play it now will ultimately go a long way in determining your future path".

Prof. Ellis commended the Head master of TK, Mr. A. W. Nantwi and his staff, as well as the student body of the school for their wonderful performance and their meritorious effort in carving an enviable niche for TK as a school with discipline, prestige and academic excellence.

He noted that, in Ghana, quality education has assumed centre stage in our national quest for socio-economic development and the current political debate on the issue of free and quality senior high school education has come at an appropriate time.

The varsity don said and the kind of quality education we are talking about should essentially lead to a mass improvement in the quality of life of the ordinary Ghanaian.

The KNUST Vice-Chancellor said students should be trained to create wealth that is needed for socio-economic development through entrepreneurial endeavours. "Our type of education should provide unique opportunities for personal enrichment while preparing students adequately for the future careers as fully-baked professional", he said.

He said the numerous innovative applications of Information Communication Technology (ICT) were important tools to improve both access to education and quality of education.

"Other advantages of the application of ICT in education management and delivery include cost savings which include travel and lodging cost, tuition fees and the printing of lessons notes and materials (handout) for students", he indicated.

Prof. Ellis maintained that in yielding economies, ICT is being targeted as a tool for growth and social development, and the education sector has a role to play in such efforts.

"The great potential for ICT to help make our schools and educational system more productive and efficient, help in transforming teaching and learning into engaging and interactive processes that are connected to real life situations and helping to prepare the country's youth for the future are important issues we should all consider seriously as educational managers in our attempt to improve accessibility and quality education", he suggested.

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