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09.03.2012 Education

Don't Study For Certificates Only - Tertiary Students Advised

By Alice Aryeetey - Daily Graphic
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The Chief Executive Officer of rLG Communications Limited, Mr Roland Agambire, has said that tertiary education students must not only study for the certificates, but must acquire the capacity to create job opportunities for themselves and others in the society.

That, he noted, would help reduce the increasing rate of graduate unemployment in the country.

He made the appeal at the seventh matriculation ceremony of the Regent University College of Science and Technology in Accra to formally admit 531 students to pursue various degree programmes at the university.

Mr Agambire affirmed that the certificates awarded to students at the end of their courses were not only meant to secure jobs, but also to create jobs.

He, therefore, advised the students to take up the mantle of entrepreneurship, since that would enhance the employment rate in the country and help in the development of the country as well.

He assured the school of his company’s desire to support the school to produce more entrepreneurs and innovators to work actively in the technology sector to improve the economy.

“Twenty to 30 per cent of students from Regent will be directly absorbed to work with rLG after the successful completion of their courses,” he added.

The President and founder of the school, Rev. Professor Emmanuel K. Larbi, noted that a challenge facing students pursuing university education was their inability to pay the required fees, and not the lack of space to admit qualified students.

He, therefore, called for the establishment of a bank that would specialise in granting soft loans, with flexible terms of payment, to individuals to help finance their education, as well as offer similar loans to educational institutions to expand the schools.

He admitted that the failure to support brilliant, needy students to have quality education will result in massive waste of human resource and the loss of productive assets to the nation and continent as a whole.

Rev Larbi called for a collaboration to wipe out the wrong perception that it was only when people entered into partisan politics, associated themselves with some powerful persons, got involved in some deals or travelled outside the country that they could prosper in life.

An enabling environment, he said, should be created to demonstrate that every Ghanaian or African who worked hard and applied the best practices in the country or the continent would be able to fully fulfil his or her potentials.

He commended Mr Agambire for his achievements as a young entrepreneur who had created job opportunities for many other young people in the country, and advised the students to study diligently and dedicate themselves to the requirements that would help raise effective, confident, visionary and ethical leaders for Africa and the world at large.

The Vice President for Institutional Effectiveness and Quality Management of the college, Prof. Akpanglo-Nartey, advised the students to stay focused and stick to their books to successfully complete their courses with very good grades.

Mr George Akomea, the speaker of the students’ parliament, assured the matriculants of the Student Representative Council’s support in all their endeavours.

He advised them to prepare themselves for the future by learning hard.

The matriculants pledged to obey the college’s laws, which were a prerequisite for their membership.

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