What Akufo-Addo told Prof. Afful-Broni during his induction

MyNewsGh.com reproduces the admonishing President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo gave the Vice Chancellor of the University of Education Winneba (UEW) Reverend Father Prof Anthony Afful-Broni during his induction ceremony held on September 17, 2018.

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UTAG had argued Prof Afful-Broni was at his investiture
tasked to resolve the longstanding impasse between the university and some
staff of the university, some of who took legal action against it over some of
its decisions.

Read the full text of the story below;

“PROMOTE THE SPIRIT OF RECONCILIATION” – PRESIDENT AKUFO-ADDO
TO NEW UEW VICE CHANCELLOR.

The President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo,
has urged the new Vice Chancellor of the University of Education, Winneba
(UEW), Very Reverend Father Professor Anthony Afful-Broni, to “use his full
gifts” to promote the spirit of reconciliation in the University during his
tenure of office, so as to help put the its immediate University behind all.

According to President Akufo-Addo, “it represents the surest
route to success in the daunting task ahead.”

Speaking at the investiture ceremony of the Very Reverend
Father Professor Anthony Afful-Broni, as the 4th Vice Chancellor of the
University, on Monday, 17th September, 2018, the President stated that the
ceremony is taking place on the heels of recent happenings in this 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.

With UEW Central performing an important role in the social
and economic transformation of Ghana, the President indicated that his
Government has demonstrated its commitment to the growth of the University,
“and we will help ensure that UEW fulfils its mandate. Our goal is to help restore
the teaching profession to the status it once enjoyed, and make it an
attractive career choice.”

In the new Vice Chancellor, President Akufo-Addo was
confident that the UEW has a person capable of not only steering the affairs of
the University for the next four years, but also spurring it onto even 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.

The President reminded the new Vice Chancellor 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.

Despite the stance by some who continue to state that all
the infrastructural needs of senior high schools should have been addressed
before the roll-out of Free SHS, the President strongly disagreed.

“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.”

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.

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“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.

Source:MyNewsGh.com/Stephen Zoure/2019

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