The Government must help private universities

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The Moderator of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church of Ghana (PCG), Rt. Rev. Prof. Joseph Obiri Yeboah Mante has implored the Government of Ghana to come to terms with the fact that private universities are very key stakeholders in the delivery of quality education in the country.

Addressing the third graduation ceremony of the School of Graduate Studies of the Presbyterian University College, Ghana (PUCG), the Moderator said the Government ought to be intentional about helping the private universities to position themselves to provide higher education for the citizenry.

Rt. Rev. Prof. Mante reiterated his call on the Government to take a second look at its level of support to the mission-founded Universities to see how best it can provide educational support and incentive packages to the private Universities.

“The fact that people have opted for private tertiary education should not preclude them from enjoying the national cake in their education,” the Moderator stated. 

The School of Graduate Studies last Friday graduated 348 students comprising 203 males and 145 females who read Master of Education in Educational Studies, Master of Arts in International Development Studies, Master of Science in Financial Risk Management, Master of Science in Natural Resources Management, and Master of Science in Environmental Health and Sanitation.

A section of the students at the graduation ceremony

Living Our Values

Reflecting on the theme for the third graduation ceremony “Living Our Values”, Rt. Rev. Prof. Mante said discipline, and high moral values have always been known to be the hallmark of the Presbyterian Church of Ghana.

“Thus when a person is described as ‘Presbyterian trained’ it denotes a person with good moral values such as integrity, comportment, hard work and above all, discipline,” he posited.

He said such a person is expected to have been imbibed with an encompassing knowledge that is directed at the head, heart, and hand – knowledge that involves thinking capacities, moral capacities, and a willingness to get his or her hands doing something.

Rt. Rev. Prof. Mante said the Presbyterian Church of Ghana are prepared to do everything possible to inculcate good moral values into the people through the Church and the Presbyterian educational institutions noting that these traits are very important to persons of Presbyterian training and the Church will at no point let down its guards.

The Moderator believes all and sundry should put their shoulders to the wheel to rescue society from the moral decadence and life without values being experienced now.

To the Graduands

While congratulating the graduating students, Rt. Rev. Prof. Mante said “I see you going forth as ambassadors of the University, touching your community.”

He believes one transformed community leading to a transformation of the communities would have the ripple effect of a transformed country. 

“I urge you to make a positive impact on others with your way of life.  Be good role models and worthy ambassadors of the University.  Be guided always by the core values of the University you graduated from and live the values of Discipline, Faith in God, Excellence, Commitment, and Integrity,” he concluded.

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