President Jerry John Rawlings


The University of Education, Winneba (UEW) is to confer honorary doctorate degrees on former President Jerry John Rawlings and two others.

The other recipients are former Nigerian President, General Abdulsalami Abubakar and Professor Jophus Anamuah-Mensah, former Principal, and first Vice-Chancellor of the University.

A statement issued by Steve van Kamassah, Deputy Registrar in-charge of International Relations and Public Affairs of the University, and copied to the Ghana News Agency on Monday said, this is for the various roles they have played in the development of their respective countries.

The Vice-Chancellor, Prof Akwasi Asabere-Ameyaw disclosed this when he led a high-powered delegation from the University to formally inform former President Rawlings of the University?s intentions.

The delegation discussed a wide range of issues on educational policies and their impact on national development.

The main purpose of the visit was to announce to former President Rawlings, the decision of the University?s Governing Council to award him with an honorary doctorate degree.

The ceremony which is scheduled to take place on August 14, would be preceded by a series of lectures to be delivered by General Abubakar, on the theme: ?Sustaining Excellence in Educational Leadership for Accelerated National Development.?

Former Rawlings is being recognized for his passion and love for education, his sacrifices for the establishment of the UEW, and also his boldness to reform the educational sector during his tenure of office as President.

General Abubakar?s recognition is for the exemplary role he played in ensuring that the Federal Republic of Nigeria stayed on the course of democracy during his tenure of office.

Prof Anamuah-Mensah is to be honoured for his immense role in steering the affairs of the then University College to gain full autonomy, and also for his contribution in shaping educational policy in Ghana.

During the meeting, the issue of teacher quality, teacher unemployment and general falling standards in education were discussed.

Former First Lady, Nana Konadu Agyeman-Rawlings, who was at the meeting, also raised concerns on the difficult challenges currently affecting the educational sector in the country.

Vice Chancellor Asabere-Ameyaw said some practical solutions would be found to the current challenges facing the educational sector when the great minds who have been invited to the ceremony meet at UEW from August 12 to 14.

Present at the meeting were the Pro-Vice Chancellor Prof Anthony Afful-Broni and Mr Kamassah, as well as Mr. Kobina Andoh Amoakwa, aide to former President, Rawlings. GNA

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