The University of Education-Winneba (UEW), has awarded former President Jerry John Rawlings and two others with honourary doctorate degrees at a special congregation of the university in Winneba.
The two others persons are Professor Jophus Anamuah-Mensah, former Vice Chancellor of the University of Education, Winneba and General Abdulsalami Abubakar, former Head of State of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
The three individuals were awarded the honourary doctorate degrees by the University for their Immense Contribution towards the development of their society and education.
Former President Rawlings and General Abdulsalami Abubakar were awarded with honourary doctorate degree of letters while Prof Jophus Anamuah-Mensah was conferred with honourary doctorate degree of Science.
Vice President Kwesi Amissah-Arthur who graced the occasion said the UEW was created out of the nation’s desire to develop a model for training teachers to the highest level possible.
He said the duty of UEW is to train competent teachers for all levels of the education system to conduct research, disseminate knowledge and to contribute generally to educational policy and development.
Vice President Amissah-Arthur said the three personalities being honoured made forceful interventions in the affairs of their nations and brought order and organisation to situations which were in disarray.
He said they distinguished themselves by being unconventional when orthodox methods have failed and they helped to halt decline adding that their contributions are considered historic.
He stated that the passion for education by former President Rawlings has been demonstrated in many ways, which relates especially to the crucial decisions that transformed Ghana’s educational sector.
Vice President Amissah-Arthur noted that the reforms of the basic level that commenced in 1997 were followed by tertiary sector reforms that led to the creation of UEW and other new public and private universities in the country.
He said new universities have contributed to expanded access to many Ghanaians as well as other nationals from the West Africa sub-region.
Prof Akwasi Asabere-Ameyaw, Vice Chancellor of UEW said the university was established with a special mandate of producing professional educators to spearhead the new national vision aimed at redirecting Ghana’s effort along the path of rapid economic and social development.
He said the leadership of UEW is committed to building a fifth campus, the college of distance education and extension services at Techiman.
He said the university have started putting up the needed infrastructures and would commence activities at the new place by September 2015.
Former President Flt Lt Rawlings in an acceptance speech stated that despite the university’s focus on achieving its mandate a lot remained to be done if the country is to attain teacher sufficiency.
He said UEW must work hard to tackle the problem of teacher inadequacy in deprived communities in the country.
He said the university also has an obligation to inculcate qualities such as strong sense of ethics into its trainings.
Former President Rawlings stated that for the UEW to maintain its relevance to the society it has to evolve by creating innovative programmes relevant to the times and age of resolving problems affecting Ghanaians, Africans and humanity as whole.
He said it was sad to note that the universities which was once the conscience of the society and serve as the actual political barometer have today has become an unfortunate extension of the indiscipline and greed into the advance society.
He said the time has come for less talk and more action for us to look into our little areas to identify the corrupt tendencies that has led to national crisis.
He charged Ghanaians to confront their political leaders and demand accountability from them. GNA