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NEW UEW VC TAKES OFFICE - PRESIDENT CHARGES HIM TO PROMOTE RECONCILIATION

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The new Vice-Chancellor of the University of Education, Winneba, Very Rev Father Prof Anthony Afful-Broni, was inducted into office yesterday, with a charge to “use his full gifts” to promote the spirit of reconciliation in the university during his tenure of office.

The new Vice-Chancellor of the University of Education, Winneba, Very Rev Father Prof Anthony Afful-Broni, was inducted into office yesterday, with a charge to “use his full gifts” to promote the spirit of reconciliation in the university during his tenure of office.

 

Ahead of yesterday’s induction, Raymond Atuguba, Law lecturer at the University of Ghana, had claimed the process was illegal because a case was pending at the Supreme Court challenging the removal of the immediate past Vice-Chancellor, Professor Mawutor Avoke, from office.

                                                                                                        Recent happenings

Professor Mawutor Avoke, together with six other principal officers of the University, were removed by the Governing Council over alleged financial malfeasance.

Speaking at the investiture ceremony, President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo acknowledged the fact that the ceremony was taking place on the heels of recent unpleasant happenings in university which disturbed all.

“It is worth noting, however, that the stakeholders have acted within the confines of the law to ensure that this University has a substantive leadership in place to help it achieve the goals for which it was established. To all whose diverse efforts helped in restoring normalcy to UEW, you have the appreciation of a grateful nation,” he added.

                                                                                                             Commitment

The President said his government had shown commitment to the growth of the university, assuring “and we will help ensure that UEW fulfils its mandate.”

He stressed: “Our goal is to help restore the teaching profession to the status it once enjoyed, and make it an attractive career choice.”

 President Akufo-Addo expressed confidence in the ability of the new VC to not only steer the affairs of the university for the next four years, but also spur it onto greater heights.

“His induction into office today is a mark of the trust that the Governing Council and Faculty of the University have reposed in him, and I am confident that this trust will not be broken. His wealth of experience, with decades of service to Church and classroom, makes him an appropriate person for this all-important assignment,” he added.

 
                                                                                                          Free SHS challenges

The President reminded the new VC of one of the most important, immediate challenges, which will confront the university and others, i.e. the dramatically increased population of students who will be seeking admission in some two years, as a result of the Free Senior High School policy.

The President disagrees with those who continue to insist that all the infrastructural needs of senior high schools should have been addressed before the roll-out of free SHS policy.

“I take comfort in the words of Holy Scripture, in Ecclesiastes chapter 11, verse 4, which says: ‘If you wait until the wind and the weather are just right, you will never sow anything and never harvest anything’,” he said.

The President continued, “We have taken the first, bold step, because we cannot continue to watch as tens and tens of thousands of qualified Ghanaian children drop out of school, because they cannot afford fees. Free SHS is here to stay, and will be a permanent feature of our educational architecture.”

                                                                                                             Teacher licensing

Touching briefly on the policy of Teacher Licensing, President Akufo-Addo stressed that this policy is not intended to put any impediments in the way of teachers from the Colleges of Education and other tertiary institutions.

“On the contrary, it is meant to enhance professionalism in teaching, and guarantee that our teachers meet a minimum standard of qualification, through an independent examination, so as to be able to teach in our classrooms. If education is important to us, then it requires that we maintain the best standards,” he added.