The Ghana Technology University College (GTUC) has expressed uneasiness that the hope in students to change the nation’s fortunes might be dashed if the current academic participation rate remained the same.
The College observed that parents and guardians reposed hope in their wards to transform the future for the better, but “as we sit, we acknowledge that Ghana is not going anywhere when 90 per cent of senior high school graduates could not make it to the universities”.
Dr Robert Awuah Baffour, Vice President of GTUC, said this at the 14th matriculation of the university on Saturday, during which 619 students swore the matriculation oath to be of good behaviour. There were 519 males and 100 females for the 2013/1014 academic year.
The matriculation oath conferred on the students the rights, privileges, responsibilities, and opportunities which the Vice President urged them to capitalise on to explore new worlds of knowledge to change lives.
The ceremony marked the official induction of students pursuing certificate, diploma and degree programmes in Informatics, Engineering and Business IT for the January intake.
Dr Baffour said if one thought university education was important for nation building, then, one could easily forecast the future of the country and Africa if the academic participation rate did not change.
He said universities’ role was to produce graduates to be bold, confident, articulate, professional, entrepreneurial, visionary and with deep sense of social and ethical responsibility.
He, therefore, advised the students to study hard and be reminded that acquiring certificates alone might qualify them for interviews and jobs, but their ability to sustain the job depended on how deep they had immersed themselves in the culture of education.
“We want you to be honest, analytical, critical, innovative, decent and smart with the right attitude and more so immerse yourselves in the deep seas of technology and become technology savvy,” he said.