Ghana Higher Education Fair held in Wa

Dr. Matthew Opoku Prempeh,Minister for Education designate

Dr. Matthew Opoku Prempeh,Minister for Education designate

The annual Ghana Higher Education Fair has been held here with a call on second cycle institutions to pay attention to carrier guidance and counselling for the youth.

Organised by I-Texon Ghana, the three-day fair aimed at providing a platform for relevant and time bound information on tertiary education and career opportunities in the country for prospective applicants from senior high schools in the Upper West Region.

This year’s was on the theme, “A decade of impact” and also marked the 10th in the series since the institutionalisation of the fair.

It brought together officials of various tertiary institutions across the country to make information on higher education available to prospective tertiary students and the general public at large.

In all a total of six tertiary institutions including: the Institute of Charted Accountant-Ghana (ICAG),  University for Development Studies (UDS), Islamic University, University of Education, Winneba (UEW) and the Wa Polytechnic.

According to the Dean of Student Affairs at UDS, Professor Israel Dzomeku, the fair provides a platform not only for tertiary institutions in the country but also served to bridge a gap that exist between these institutions and their prospective students.

He said apart from that, the fair also enables the universities market out their newly rolled-out courses and programmes as well as fostering communication between the public and the institutions.

Prof. Dzomeku explained that there was the need for educational providers in the country to embrace the fair and incorporate it into their annual scheme of things, so it can serve as a compliment to the traditional guidance and counselling units of the schools.

He said with the right counselling prospective students would be able to have their path clear on their choice of courses and also career.

On her part, the Administrator of I-Texon Ghana, Ms. Charlotte Owusu said the goal of this year’s fair was not only to commemorate its 10th anniversary but also give both public and private tertiary institutions the platform to market their programmes to the public.

She said this had become necessary because most students lacked the requisite knowledge when it came to career choices and their corresponding educational programmes at the tertiary level.

“Some good programmes in most of the institutions are not pursued because prospective applicants are not aware of their potentials as good carrier opportunities and this is what the fair seeks to address,” she emphasised.

She expressed the hope that corporate organisations and institutions would participate in the fair which would be held in all remaining nine regional capitals in turns.

From Cliff Ekuful, Wa

 

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