Don’t Place Premium On Academic Intelligence

1.Lack of emotional intelligence in Ghana’s formal education sector has been cited as one of the major challenges confronting the educational system.

“Unfortunately for us, too much emphasis is laid on intellectual or academic intelligence, to the detriment of emotional intelligence. Intellectual intelligence or competencies, simply put, is what you are basically learning in school,” stressed Captain Budu Koomson (rtd), Chief Operations Officer, UT Holdings.

Capt. Koomson was speaking at the fifth graduation of 403 post-graduate students of the Ghana Technology University College in Accra last Saturday he asked students of higher institutions not to conform to the standards of laziness and pretentious life styles which have engulfed the Ghanaian society.

The granduants obtained master’s degrees from the Coventry University, in the fields of Supply Chain, Finance, Oil and Gas, Engineering, and Management Information, among others.

“It is not the latitude of your academics but the latitude of your character which will ultimately determine how successful you will be and how far you will go,” he emphasised.

Capt Koomson urged the graduates to work on their attitudes and character and apply diligently the knowledge acquired, to address the social and economic challenges facing the nation.

“I charge you to challenge the status quo, say enough of these lackadaisical and pretentious lives, lazy and substandard project executions, stealing, belly politics and the lack of professional pride,” he told them.

He said the acquisition of knowledge is just the beginning of a process, which is only meaningful if diligently applied to transform the lives of people.

He lamented that the ability of graduates to apply such knowledge in their fields after graduation, is largely missing or ignored in the formal education system.

“Unfortunately for us, too much emphasis is laid on intellectual or academic intelligence, to the detriment of distinguishing competencies,” he bemoaned.

Dr Kwesi Darkwa, President of the Ghana Technology University College noted that the University had moved from a modest, humble and challenging beginning to “a college of quality and distinction, offering professional development programmes and quality tertiary education, to over 4000 students.”

He said there are over 800 international students, who from 28 countries pursuing their studies at the University.

“We continue to forge new alliances with academic and industrial partners from various parts of the world,” he added. – Daniel Amoo

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