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07.05.2007 Regional News

Otumfuo Advises Universities


Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, Asantehene, at the weekend said education delivery at Universities in the country could suffer a major setback if comprehensive measures were not instituted to get timely replacement for ageing lecturers.

He pointed out that in order to address the problem, the authorities should brainstorm with stakeholders to evolve comprehensive measures to attract the youth to take up teaching appointments at the universities.

University education, he said, was crucial to Ghana's development and as such entreated the authorities to leave nothing to chance but strive to explore avenues to make it vibrant.

Otumfuo Osei Tutu made the call in a speech read on his behalf by Baffour Dr Osei Tutu Amofa II, Kronkohene, at the maiden Ashanti Regional Education Sector Annual Review (ESAR) held in Kumasi in the Ashanti Region.

The forum, which was attended by stakeholders in the educational sector, sought to assess the overall educational status in the region, review achievements made during the previous years and also identify the challenges and actions to be taken in the coming years.

The Asantehene, who is Chancellor of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), further called on corporate bodies and Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) to make it a policy to always collaborate with university authorities in providing adequate residential facilities for students and staff since education was a shared responsibility.