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27.08.2005 General News

GCCS to start degree in Devt Management

GNA

Accra Aug. 27, GNA- Ghana Christian College and Seminary (GCCS) near Accra, will from August next year introduce a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Development Management to enable students acquire higher knowledge of the discipline.

The Seminary will also open two centres in Ho, in the Volta region and Kumasi in the Ashanti region to start programmes that would lead to a certificate in pastoral ministry in the first quarter of next year. Mr Manuel Adjei, Academic Dean of the GCCS, who announced these at the 39th Annual Graduation of the College, said there were also plans to introduce sandwich programmes for the award of degrees and higher certificate.

He said the college trained students to uphold Christian principles and expressed the hope that the graduants would live exemplary lives worthy of emulation.

Mr Adjei said: "We have a vision to provide cutting edge ministry that upholds Christ as lord, and his written word as authoritative and guiding rule for life and for leadership."

Mr William Ofori-Boafo, the Deputy Minister of Defence, said it was gratifying that the seminary had produce over 722 graduates including citizens of other African countries.

He said efforts were being made by government to improve educational facilities and structures to expand opportunities for learning hence the approval by government for the seminary to start studies in Development Management at the higher level.

Mr Ofori-Boafo said education should not be for the minority elite in society but should be made available for more people. He said: "We need to ensure that we do more to bridge the yawning educational gap between the few and the larger population and rid our country of ignorance or illiteracy."

Mr Ofori-Boafo urged the graduants to become the guardians of freedom and privileges for the people as they entered into leadership positions.

He said: "You must continue to grow in skill to enable you render service to those who will rely on you and who may place their trust, livelihood and in some cases their freedom in your hands." 27 Aug. 2005

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