Manasseh Azure Awuni has joined the argument over the state of the University of Ghana and the kind of graduates it produces. Although he is also a product of the university, he vowed to reject a scholarship to study for his PhD at the university if it is offered.
The investigative journalist, Manasseh Azure Awuni holds the view that the controversial ‘University of Ghana not thinking’ statement by Senyo Hosi, Chief Executive of Chamber of Bulk Oil Distributors, is a bitter truth.
According tho Manasseh who posted on his facebook wall, Senyo Hosi has raised a very important discussion. And we ought to face the reality and not be driven by our emotions. I have two degrees from the University of Ghana. (GIJ was affiliated to UG in my days).
I appreciate the effort the lecturers put into shaping me. But I’m not proud of the state of affairs in the university.
It took me four years to get my master’s degree. The substance of Senyo Hosi’s submission reflects the reality on the ground.
You may argue with the form. Employ an average student from Ashesi and you will be impressed.
Employ an average student from any of the public universities and you will regret it. My only point of departure is that the management and lecturers are not the only ones to blame.
Some of the lecturers are great thinkers and are doing a lot despite the challenges. Some of them are part of the problem, but the government is also guilty of the mess. We have not funded our schools well.
And SOME of the faculty members, despite their training abroad, are not prepared to change.
I have both of my degrees from the University of Ghana. But if I’m given a scholarship to do a PhD at the University of Ghana, I will reject it.
This is not disrespect to anybody. There are serious challenges and being emotional will not solve the problem. We must face the reality.
The University of Ghana cannot compare favourably with any standard university in Europe, America or Asia.
And we should not reason with our hearts, but with our heads, when someone says publicly what we say everyday in private.
Source: Manasseh Azure Awuni