By: Mercy Nimo
The Vice Chancellor of Central University, Prof. Bill Puplampo, has entreated graduates to understand the structural politics of their chosen profession as well as the system within which they work to enable them to be effective at work.
Speaking during the 22nd congregation ceremony held at Christ Temple in Accra, Prof. Bill Puplampo urged the youth to remain grounded in God and continue to seek higher heights in life. Offering some thoughts to policymakers, the Vice Chancellor mentioned five points by which Ghana may attain excellent credentials in the education system.
“As a nation, we must revisit and improve how we treat teachers, for they are the builders of the skills we all possess.”
“Refocus primary and secondary education in terms of content, structure, standardised quality, and resourcing. In this regard, I find it rather upsetting when a school in the public system is euphemistically described as ‘less-endowed’.
“The state should concentrate on improving what we have rather than chasing new ideas and building new structures all the time. Half the resources spent on new ventures could more than provide international standard of improvement to existing primary and secondary school institutions.”
“Stop the mission creep, the unbridled expansion of the Public Sector space and the creation of new universities. We cannot afford it, and there are at least eight credible chartered private universities which can fill the gap and enable us attain the desired 40% Gross Enrolment Ratio by 2030.”
A total of 900 students received various degrees, of which 805 came from undergraduate programs and 95 from various graduate programs. 72 graduands received first-class degrees, while 20 came in as best graduating students.
The overall best student, Daniella Kosowa Anani, who is the second female student in the second year running to have emerged the valedictorian, graduated with a CGPA of 3.95 and received the Chancellor’s award, comprising one thousand US Dollars and an Apple MacBook.
In her valedictorian address, she thanked the Chancellor, the University body, parents, and students for their support and guidance throughout their studies and stressed the importance of working hard towards one’s dreams.
“Dear friends and fellow graduands, dream big and make excellence a way of life in order to realize your dreams. That firm resolve, coupled with God’s grace, I believe, is key to success. All successful people are big dreamers, dreams are the beginning of a life well lived, and the drive for excellence is the fuel that will take those dreams to accomplishment. They imagine what their future could be, ideal in every respect, and they work every day toward their distant vision, that goal, or that purpose—the words of Brian Tracy, a renowned author in the field of elf-development.”
The Chancellor of Central University, Rev Dr. Mensa Otabil, congratulated the graduating students and prayed for them.
For the past 25 years, the Central University has envisioned raising virtuous and transformational leaders and has trained world-class professionals and thought leaders who are making great impacts on society.
The Central University has schools and faculties, including the School of Graduate Studies, Faculty of Law, Central Business School, School of Medical Sciences, School of Pharmacy, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, School of Architecture and Design, School of Engineering and Technology, School of Nursing and Midwifery, as well as Center for Distance and Professional Education.