Mr Richard Kodzo Adjei, Deputy Executive Secretary of the National Accreditation Board (NAB), has entreated tertiary institutions to subject their systems to stringent internal quality control assurance procedures.
He said if the institutions themselves set and maintain high benchmarks for Lecturers, Administrative and Faculty Staff, as well as students, the job of the Board would be much easier.
Mr Adjei was speaking at the Fifth Congregation of the Evangelical Presbyterian University College (EPUC) in Ho at the weekend.
He cautioned Ghanaians against undertaking courses with undocumented schools, since certificates awarded them by those schools would be worthless.
Mr Adjei said typically, USA and China were the origins of such schools, advising that prospective candidates should visit the website of NAB for verification.
He lauded EPUC for being ‘one of the obedient institutions’ in dealings with NAB.
A total of 331 students graduated in Business Administration (Accounting and Finance), Business Administration (Marketing), Business Administration (Human Resource Management and Organizational Development), Agribusiness, Integrated Development Studies and Corporate Secretaryship and Management.
Rev Dr Cyril Fayose, President of EPUC, said the College was striving hard to expand, to enable it pursue additional programmes.
He said some of the new areas of study include languages and environmental science.
Rev Dr Charles Owiredu, Member of the Governing Council, charged the new graduates to find new paths and ‘if you don’t, blaze new paths’.
He said they must be undaunted, and that in these times when mediocrity was normal, they should strain ‘to be abnormal to succeed.’
Professor Joseph Ghartey Ampiah, Dean of the Faculty of Education at the Cape Coast University (UCC), EPUC’s mentoring institution, observed that the students were going out at a time when the country was facing challenges of unemployment and underemployment.
He, therefore, advised them not be complacent.
Mr Francis Ganyaglo, Deputy Volta Regional Minister, suggested to the University Council to begin planning a graduate school for EPUC.
Mr Kofi Attor, Chief Executive of the Ghana Investment Fund for Electronic Communications (GIFEC), who was the Guest of Honour, said ICT as a learning tool had come to stay.
The theme for the congregation was ‘Embarking on ICT Pathway in the 21st Century for Advance Education’.
The Best-All-Round-Student was Joseph Kwasi Agbeka, who also had a First Class in Business Administration, Human Resource Management.
Wonder Bright Asiamah, won the Francis Ganyaglo Award of a laptop worth Ghc 2,000 for being the Best Marketing Student.
Two Lecturers, Dr Oliver Dzogbede and Mr Winfred S. Agbegoe, shared the Ghc 5,000 Best Lecturer Award, instituted by Togbe Afede the Fourteenth, Paramount Chief of the Asogli Traditional Area, Ghc 2,000 and Ghc 3,000 respectively.
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