Dr. Adutwum Inaugurates Governing Council Of Accra Technical University And 5 Others Boards (VIDEOS)
The Minister of Education, Dr Yaw Osei Adutwum has charged the newly sworn-in governing council of the Accra Technical Universities and five (5) other boards not to bound themselves by some rules that will not help in the transformation of the country's education.
According to Dr. Adutwum, the governing council should turn its attention to innovation adding that it will help churn out graduates who are ready for the market.
Speaking at the swearing-in ceremony of governing board/council of the Accra Technical Universities and five (5) other Institutions in Accra, he said “I want you to look at Innovation straight on and that is why I am of the opinion that instead of requiring a thesis, can you ask them to create something so that at the end of their final year, they can invent something”
He stressed that since the students will be graduating from Technical Universities, having an invention will be more valuable than the thesis they produce on paper.
“Imagine if the person who invented ‘WhatsApp’ was a Ghanaian, he will be paid about half of the taxes that this country is getting. I am just saying don’t be bound by rules that will no longer lead to the development of our country”
He assured the governing council/board that his outfit is prepared to help assist Institutions to navigate the Ghana Tertiary Education Commission (GTEC) adding that it will rather be their facilitator which in the end help contribute to the churning out of Engineers from the various Universities.
GHANA COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGY UNIVERSITY
The Minister of Education told the governing council that its response is enormous on how it creates programmes that will help build the human capacity the country needs.
“How do you create programmes that will train people not just for Ghana but for the world. How do you ensure that you have the capacity to administer cutting-edge programmes as your mission and vision talks about”
He reminded the governing council that the future of the country lies in the hands of GCTU rather than any other University adding that it can capitalize on the technological course to transform the nation and its people.
“Your field presents a unique opportunity in the area of innovation. I want you as a council to begin to look at the fact that you measure your success by the number of new inventions created by your students and not just by the number of students graduating from your Institution. How many patents are going to come to your university, how many businesses are going to be created by your students?”
STUDENTS LOAN TRUST FUND
“It is important for us to know that this is a critical board for tertiary education transformation in this country. You have so much on your plate, not only should you come up with a strategy to get all the funds you need to lend out to students” he said.
Dr. Adutwum reminded the board that it is also their mandate to find ways of getting the funds back after it has lent it to the student(s).
“Now that we have been through the process through the cabinet to eliminate guarantor requirements, it even calls on us to be more creative and innovative so that we do not lose our principle.
NATIONAL COUNCIL FOR CURRICULUM AND ASSESSMENT (NaCCA)
Dr. Adutwum reminded the council that they are in charge of the contents adding that it has to be mindful of how it will be delivered.
“You developed the common core curriculum which cabinet approved, the trimming down to three (3) years instead of four (4). There are many reforms that were taken during the first term of the President and it's going to continue because new ideas are coming out”
He stressed that President Akufo-Addo is keen on the total transformation of Ghana’s education space.
The Minister charged NaCCA to be up-and-coming in terms of the curriculum which will be serving critical areas on the reforms the country is embarking on.
NATIONAL SCHOOLS INSPECTORATE AUTHORITY (NASIA)
“You have a herculean task ahead of you. Of course, schools in this country are comparatively doing well, but the President’s vision is that we will create a 21st Century school system. The system where we will be competitive with the rest of the world and not being just the best in Africa” he noted.
He hinted that 48 schools at the Secondary level have a 1% pass rate.
He told the board that their work doe not begin and end with them rather be looking at Academic accomplishments from the Ghana Education Service (GES).
“Looking at that data, we need to tell ourselves that we have to inspect the school immediately and maybe inspect three times a year because we have a dire situation. We have a school that has had a 0% rate in the last 3 years. It’s a school that you should be inspecting immediately” he said.
GHANA TERTIARY EDUCATION COMMISSION
It is an honour to swear you in this morning and to give you the opportunity to assume office and begin your work.
The President of the Republic in public made his intentions about Tertiary Education very clear to all of us. In the last state of the nation, he affirmed what was in the Education, Strategic Plan that our gross Tertiary enrolment ratio by 2030 should be 40%.
Those of you who were on this council during the previous term should know that you only moved 2% from 16 to 18% on the gross Tertiary Enrollment ratio and that is not acceptable. It is not going to put us at 40%.
He reminded the board to expect a plan from Management that will lead the country to the intended destination announced by the President.
“Countries that have transformed their fortunes have done so because they have improved Tertiary Education and they have in fact their gross Tertiary enrolment ratio is trending upwards from 40%
On their part, the chairpersons of the various boardS and councils thanked President Akufo-Addo and the Minister of Education, Dr. Yaw Adutwum for granting them the opportunity to serve.
They further described that the new appointment as indeed a mixed feeling of great joy, sense and responsibility.
“We have however pledged to do our best,” they said.
They assured that they will endeavour and work very hard to make ATU contribute significantly to the socio-economic development of the nation.
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Story by: Joshua Kwabena Smith