Resource support

Government urged to help private higher education institutions obtain charter by 2024

Professor Edem Kwasi Bakah,

Professor Edem Kwasi Bakah, President of the Evangelical Presbyterian University College (EPUC), has called on the government to provide resource support to private higher education institutions to ‘increase their chances of obtaining a charter by 2024’ .

He said that private higher education institutions play a crucial role in providing quality education to citizens. Therefore, the government must extend its support to these institutions in the areas of infrastructure, laboratories and research grants.

“If we accept that government alone cannot shoulder the burden of educating the masses and that private partners are viable collaborators, then government must extend GETFUND to private higher education institutions… “, did he declare.

Professor Bakah, who made the call during the 13th EPUC graduation ceremony in Ho, lamented the delay in releasing scholarship funds to private higher education institutions, saying that this seriously affected the proper functioning of the establishments.

The President noted that while public universities did not need these funds to pay salaries, private universities relied heavily on them to pay their staff, hence the delay in disbursement had serious consequences on the activities of the institutions.

Professor Bakah called on the government to intervene to ensure that scholarships are disbursed to the University College and to ensure that in the disbursement of scholarships, private universities are considered before public ones.

He commended the University of Cape Coast and the University of Winneba for their mentoring role, leading to the many successes the University College and EP Church have had for their spiritual, moral and financial support for the growth of the institution. .

The President pleaded with the graduates to be guided by the core values ​​of the University College: hard work, discipline and solidarity, in all their endeavors and to never accept the status quo without questioning it.

Professor John Gartchie Gatsi, Dean of the School of Business at the University of Cape Coast (UCC), said UCC would continue to support EPUC for its growth and development.

He said UCC would not let up on its mentoring role in ensuring that the College has the best administration, the best staff and the best programs that will result in the production of quality graduates who will have a positive impact in the world.

Prof Gatsi, who deputized for the UCC Vice-Chancellor, praised the Evangelical Presbyterian Church for establishing the institution and supporting its growth.

He urged graduates to be humble, innovative, disciplined and hard-working, saying the world needs these qualities in all areas of engagement, including community and entrepreneurship.

Professor Gatsi implored them to ‘avoid getting rich quick’, to use the knowledge and skills they have acquired effectively so that they can navigate life easily and bring about the necessary change the world craves .

He charged them to be committed and determined to meet any challenge with confidence, to aspire to greater heights and to show tenacity to show the world that they were worthy of contributing to the advancement of humanity.

Volta Regional Minister Dr. Archibald Yao Letsa, in a speech read on his behalf, also commended the Church of EP and the leadership of EPUC for their tireless efforts to provide quality university education and accessible to many students from the Volta region and beyond.

He said the Volta Regional Coordinating Council recognizes the efforts of the Church and recognizes the fact that only the government can provide university education to the many qualified students, hence the need for private universities to play a role. essential.

“For private universities to be able to provide students with the opportunity to access university education outside of public universities, some form of government or state support is needed, especially for private universities established by organizations denominational organizations whose motive is not profit”.

A total of 266 graduated with degrees in areas such as accounting and finance, marketing, agribusiness, human resource management and organizational development, credit management and finance, secretarial and business management, governance studies, while seven graduated.

Musa Fuseini was elected best student and Nana Yaa best student.

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