The Vice Chancellor of the University of Cape Coast (UCC), Prof Domwini Dabire Kuupole, has appealed to the government to consider granting the university the opportunity to recruit teaching staff in order to enhance academic work on campus.
He said although there may be valid reasons for the ban on general public sector employment, the current ban was adversely affecting teaching and learning.
Prof Kuupole made the appeal at the 42nd congregation of the university at the weekend.
A total of 3,434 undergraduate students from the Colleges of Humanities and Legal Studies, Education Studies, Agriculture, Natural Sciences and Health, and Allied Sciences graduated at the two-day event.
Prof Kuupole noted that without the requisite number of university teachers for each subject area, some lapses were bound to be noticed, saying, “a conducive environment is thus not obtained for effective teaching, learning and the training of students in the fields of sciences and humanities.”
“We passionately use this platform, therefore, to appeal to government to grant us a window to at least, replace staff who have left the service of the university” he appealed.
That permission, he said “will give us some respite and enable us to perform our duties as required of us.”
Touching on the dwindling government subventions to the university, the Vice Chancellor explained that, the institution had embarked on a number of income generation activities in order to obtain supplementary finances to support its activities and programmes.
Activities currently functional, he said, were the production of detergents and production of sachet water, explaining that,“we hope to expand and diversify the production of these products in order to serve a wider market for the benefit of the university.”
“Very soon, a filling station will also be opened to serve the needs of the university community and the general public. Hopefully, this will also generate some income to support our activities,” he said.
He indicated that the University had lined up a programme to inject capital into the carpentry shop and the block making activity and explained that, that would be carried out when the initial capital outlay becomes available.
On the promotion of research work, Prof Kuupole explained that the Academic Board had approved the initiative to award outstanding researchers in the university.
“The award shall be dispensed annually to deserving staff, starting from December, 2015,” he said.
He admonished the graduating class to guard against complacency, focus on their goals and apply the skills and knowledge acquired to enable them to overcome entrepreneurial challenges.
“Make a difference in society, remembering, of course, the sacrifices that your parents and guardians have made to make yours education possible. Give back to society what society has given you for, to whom much is given much is expected,” he said.
The Chancellor of UCC, Dr Sir Sam Jonah, in his address, noted that graduates from the University were chalking many successes in the world of work due to the well-rounded quality training and services offered by the faculties and staff.
“I wish to commend our hardworking staff for the good work done and to put on record that Ghana expects nothing short of what you are doing towards nation building,” he said.
He urged the graduating class to develop their plans in a disciplined manner in order to achieve their dreams, saying, “Be prepared for every situation life throws at you and in the midst of all the turmoil and triumphs.”
From David Yarboi-Tetteh, Cape Coast