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VIDEO: Senyo Hosi blasts University of Ghana management for not thinking

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It was a sight to behold during the University of Ghana’s 70th anniversary as Chief Executive Officer of the Chamber of Bulk Oil Distributors, Senyo Hosi flared up and jabbed management of the school for being sloppy with the organisation of the entire event.

The 70th anniversary Alumni Homecoming Weekend of Ghana’s premier university was expected to be epic considering the number of persons the school has produced since its inception. It however turned out that the event was arguably the least patronised on campus as a handful of the alumni attended just a few of the various activities lined up for the occasion.

Considering the resources at the disposal of the University, Mr. Hosi suggested that the institution demonstrated a high level of irresponsibility with regard to the organisation of its anniversary.

Making a submission at one of the workshops, a furious and curious Hosi without mincing words wondered how a university of such calibre would record woefully low figures and fail to provide the needed logistics for the ceremony.

“This is the 70th anniversary. Can you imagine! University of Ghana!” he fumed. “What kind of communication went on to promote this programme? Meanwhile, we are supposed to have a marketing department at the Business School and a whole communication school. Look at the number of people here. This is a school of mediocrity. Look at the panellists. There is no table for them to even put their books and things.”

That was not all. Senyo further chastised the University for producing graduates who lack the ability to reason.

He said: “You must make people cease wanting to come for a degree. [You must make people] wanting to come for education and certain skills that make them viable in the future. Your children don’t have skills that make them viable for the future. They don’t have the thinking; they are robots. Even that robot, they can’t do it.”

In what appeared to be poked in the eye of the lecturers who were on the high table, Hosi intimated that students are in that state because lecturers themselves are refusing to think.

“It starts with you guys as lecturers. It starts with you being the thinkers. You guys are not thinking. Respectfully, no thinking is going on here,” he jabbed.

In response, the Director of Institute of Statistical, Social and Economic Research, Prof. Peter Quartey said contrary to the claim, lecturers do think.

“Senyo, we are thinking. We think,” he posited. “We are thinking, except that the large numbers sometimes don’t help. That’s number one. Two, we also have a crop of students who do not read.”

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Mfantsipim SHS turns away first year students

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Some first year students and their parents who turned up at the Mfantsipim Senior High School (SHS) in the Central Region with their trunks and chop boxes on Sunday have been left stranded after they were turned away by authorities of the school.

The school’s authorities claim the students who were placed in the school under the self-placement module of the Computerised School Selection Placement System (CSSPS) were wrongly placed; thus they should go back home.

One parent who spoke to Graphic Online said upon arrival at the school, authorities asked them to go back home because her son’s name was not on the list of students who have been placed at the school.

According to her, following her son’s placement, she picked up the prospectus last Wednesday and was asked to report to the school on Sunday.

“My ward was given Visual Arts. We came here on Wednesday after my ward was placed at Mfantsipim and they gave us a prospectus. We’ve sewn uniforms, bought all the items and now they are asking us to go back home. We won’t go,” she told Graphic Online.

“When we came on Wednesday, they took our phone numbers and so if anything at all, they should have called us or sent us messages to that effect. The number of students doing visual arts on the notice board is just 22 so parents suspect there is more to it than meets the eye. They say they are not admitting but we have been given prospectus since last week to report today only to be given this news,” she added.

Meanwhile, the Ghana Education Service (GES) says no student was wrongly placed by the CSSPS.

According to the Deputy Director General in charge of Quality and Access, Kwabena Tandoh, students were placed according to their choice of schools.

In an interview, Mr Tandoh explained that students were placed by merit and thus it was impossible for anyone to complain that he or she was not placed in schools or programmes of their choice.

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Maa Lydia Donates a Car and Motorbikes to Augment University of Ghana’s Security Efforts

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The Member of Parliament (MP) for Ayawaso West Wuogon Constituency, Hon. Lydia Seyram Alhassan, as part of efforts to enhance security on campus, has donated two motorbikes and a saloon car to the University.

In brief remarks, Hon. Alhassan said she had to cut short her trip when she heard of the assault case involving a student of the university in order to call on management, and also to look for ways in which she could be of assistance as the MP for the area.  She indicated that the motive for the gesture was to help increase security visibility and enhance security patrols on campus so as to create a conducive and safe environment for students and members of the University community.

Handing over the keys to the Vice-Chancellor, the Member of Parliament charged the University management to ensure judicious use of the donation, adding that she was committed to assisting the university to the best of her ability.

The Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Ebenezer Oduro Owusu, who received the donation on behalf of the University expressed gratitude to the MP and commended her for making security a major priority adding that the donation was timely.

Highlighting the significant role the University plays in national development, Prof. Oduro Owusu urged the MP to consider the University as one of its strategic development areas. The Vice-Chancellor used the opportunity to further solicit governmental support for the University in all areas of its operations.  He stressed the obligation of the University to prioritize the needs of students as its major stakeholders.  Prof. Oduro Owusu on behalf of management, assured the MP of the prudent use of the vehicle and motor-cycles, adding that the University is desirous to seek lasting solutions to enhance security on campus.

Some of the out-going SRC and GRASAG executives attended the ceremony.  The Presidents-elect of the Students Representative Council (SRC) and the Graduate Students Association of Ghana (GRASAG), UG branch, Messrs Isaac Agyemang, and Chris Atadika, in separate remarks, expressed appreciation to Hon. Lydia Seyram Alhassan for the kind gesture and solicited more support for the University.  They also pledged their commitment to collaborate with the management of the university to help realise the mission of the University.

Other advocacy efforts and donations made by the MP since she took office in February 2019, are the donation of 1000 streetlights to the University by the Ministry of Energy,  electric fans and litter bins to selected halls of residence as well as torchlights to the University Security Services.

A number of officials were present at the ceremony: Prof. Francis Dodoo, Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Research, Innovation and Development, Prof. Patrick Ayeh-Kumi, Provost of the College of Health Sciences,  Prof. Michael Tagoe, Ag. Provost, of the College of Education, Mrs. Mercy Haizel-Ashia, Registrar, Director of Public Affairs, Mrs. Stella A. Amoa, Mr. Charles Kofinti, Director, PDMSD, Dr. Olivia Anku-Tsede, Legal Counsel,  Dr. Ibrahim Bedi, Ag. Internal Auditor, Prof. George Armah, a former Master of Commonwealth Hall, Prof. Robert Hinson, Head, Department of Marketing & Entrepreneurship, Mr. Daniel Baidoo, Director, Human Resources and Organisational Development, Mr. George Amofah, Head of Security, Mrs. Mavis Osafo-Adu, Assistant Registrar, Public Affairs and Mr. Joseph Nkansah, Senior Assistant Registrar, Office of the Vice Chancellor.  In attendance was Supt. Kofi Anokye, District Commander, Legon Police Station.

Hon. Lydia Seyram Alhassan was accompanied by Mr. Henry Nana Boakye, National Youth Organiser of the New Patriotic Party as well as some executives of the Ayawaso West Wuogon constituency.

 

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Management of Nalerigu NMTC disassociates itself from some students display of ‘JM we are sorry’ placards

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The Attention of the Management of College of Nursing and Midwifery, Nalerigu has been drawn to an audio-visual material trending on social media in which placard bearing individuals in nursing trainee uniforms expressing views on government policy matters which is purported to represent the views of students the college.

From the audio-visual material, it is noted that those individuals in the nursing trainee uniform:
1. Knelt down in response to a voice instructing them to do so and thereafter rendered an apology to the former president for not voting for him last presidential elections.

2. Carried placards bearing inscriptions representing various views relating to the policy on students trainee allowance.

We wish to state the following:
• The unfortunate incidence did not take place on the premises of the college but rather around the overlord of Mamprugu’s place

• These students were transported there without the knowledge and approval of the management.

That the college completely dissociates itself from the views and policy sentiments expressed in the audio-video material. We also condemn in no uncertain terms, any machinations or manipulations targeted at students of the institution with the aim at making political capital.

In order to forestall the recurrence of a similar incident, the college has launched a full-scale investigation into the incident since there appear to be potential breaches of the student conduct codes/rules and regulations of the college.

In conclusion, management hereby wishes to state that the College of Nursing and Midwifery, like any public nursing training institution in the country, fully supports all policies of the government.

 

SIGNED
MANAGEMENT

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