Need for university authorities to advocate for PSI on education – Prof.Kendie
3/31/2009 12:13:22 AM -
Professor Stephen Bugu Kendie, a Lecturer at University of Cape Coast has called on university authorities to advocate for a Presidential Special Initiative (PSI) on Education.
He said countries that had attained middle income status did so through concentrated attention to human resources development.
Professor Kendie made the call when addressing a durbar to mark 40th anniversary celebration of Nandom Senior High School at Nandom on Saturday.
He said secondary education was in a great dilemma of its duration whether it should be three or four years.
Professor Kendie said the debate was fruitless and waste of precious time because politicians had not sought sufficient views of university authorities on the issue.
Professor Kendie an alumnus of the school asked: “Are the university authorities complaining on quality of the SSSCE products”.
“It would be better for the country when stakeholders in education focused on how to provide the logistics for quality teaching. Many SHS have been established literally in all large communities and some with very limited facilities.
“In the universities we call these deprived schools and every year we admit few students from these schools and we advertise our efforts as if we have done marvellously well in taking care of the under-privileged students in society,” Professor Kendie said.
He said it was important that university authorities did not just pay lip-service to helping these students, but advocate for a PSI on Education to cater for the educational needs and aspirations of the deprived in society.
Professor Kendie explained that even though the GET Fund was offering some assistance, there was the need to focus on how to get the fund to operate on its core functions of improving educational infrastructure.
He expressed concern that the fund had digressed into other areas that had created negative effects on its ability to complete projects being undertaken in the schools.
Professor Kendie called for a debate on how to make the fund effective in supporting secondary and other levels of education.