The National Union of Ghana Students (NUGS) Day, which is celebrated every year in recognition of students across the country, came off last Tuesday, 15 May, in Accra.
Addressing a press conference, the President of NUGS, Andrew Kofi Gyan, observed that the manner in which students are celebrated nationwide is not the best judging from their contribution to the nation?s development.
According to him, the motive behind the National Student Day is to reflect on the contribution of students towards the country?s development.
He said as a result of NUGS determination and hard work, it has acquired a new vehicle to enhance its services for students.
The president disclosed that NUGS will be dispatching over 100 students from June to August this year to teach in some deprived communities in the northern parts of the country.
He said the witnessed strikes amongst the various teacher bodies that took place within four months were unfortunate.
Mr. Gyan therefore called for a consensus building and greater partnerships between key industry players and the educational sector.
He stressed that it was the aim of NUGS to ensure that beginning from the primary school level to the university level, there is a continuous flow of talents.
?Ghana had the highest standard of living in Africa per capita and the highest literacy rate in January 1965. Today, Ghana ranks 86 in literacy in the world? United Nations Development Programme Report 2011 says so,? he revealed.
?The harsh reality today is that 48% of Junior High pupils fail the Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE,)? Where do we go as a country,?? he inquired.
For her part, the woman Commissioner of NUGS, Mary Akole, disclosed that steps that are being taken to ensure that women are protected in the universities from incidents of rape and other abuses.
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