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02.11.2008 Education

University graduates urged to offer meaningful services to society

By gna

Mr Emmanuel Asamoah Owusu-Ansah, Ashanti Regional Minister, has advised University graduates to use knowledge and skills acquired to offer meaningful services to society.

He said education could only be significant if it brought peace, prosperity and development to the people.

Mr. Owusu-Ansah gave the advice at the 4th congregation of the College of Technology Education Kumasi of the University of Education, Winneba, in Kumasi on Saturday.

The University awarded 2,500 graduates from the faculties of Business Education, Vocational and Technical Education and the Institute of Education Development and Extension with Bachelor's degrees, diplomats and certificates.

Mr Owusu-Ansah praised the University authorities for initiating programmes which had helped to increase enrolment and improved academic work at the University.

He said government was committed to improving education and the welfare of teachers and urged the graduates to also work hard to improve education in the country.

Professor Akwasi Asabere-Ameyaw, Vice Chancellor of the University, said since its inception, the University had implemented dynamic, educative and instructive curricula to improve the country's educational system.

He, however, said this should be backed by massive infrastructural and mentioned inadequate teaching and learning facilities, inadequate staff and faculties.

Professor Asabere-Ameyaw also cited inadequate accommodation for both staff and students and the dwindling funding from the government.

He commended the Getfund Secretariat for assisting the University to provide lecture halls, staff bungalows, halls of residence and the construction of five-storey faculty block for the College of Technology Education.

Professor Asabere-Ameyaw advised the graduates to be good ambassadors to uplift the image of the University.

Professor Steve Sobotie, Principal of the College, called on old students from the University to join the alumni to contribute towards the development of the College.