The authorities of the Valley View University (VVU) have been urged to transform students to become critical thinkers so that they would stand out in the world of work.
Dr. Yaw Adutwum, a Deputy Minister of Education, who gave the advice at an interdisciplinary forum at the university, said that would make the VVU brand strong to attract more students.
The Forum was on the theme: “Transforming Ghana through Education – the Way Forward.” It is weekly event to discuss topical issues towards broadening the perspectives of lecturers and students.
Dr Adutwum said the time had come for the country’s education and examination systems to depart from ‘note memorisation to develop the talents and ideas of students through critical thinking.
To this end, he urged the VVU to transform students so that they would have ‘their own grammar’ and depart from reproducing the notes they had memorised from lectures during examinations.
“If you do not have a Writing Skills Programme for your first year students; and you know that they do not have the right skills, it is time to do it,” he advised.
“I want you to distinguish yourselves…; change them, let them leave here, knowing that they did not go out the same. And when you do that, your brand is going to be strong to attract more students”.
Dr Adutwum said the Government had shown commitment in increasing the Students Loan Trust Fund by 50 per cent because if students had enough money to pay for their tuition, they would see no difference in going to public or private universities.
“I believe that the VVU, which is the first private university to receive its charter, should set the pace to tell the world that your products know what they are about, and they are going to do well,” he added.
Dr Emmanuel H. Takyi, Pro-vice Chancellor, VVU, commended the Government for increasing the loan trust fund, but acting like Oliver Twist, he asked for further increment in anticipation of a government policy that would allow students to choose any university of their preference.
Such a policy, he said, would increase the dwindling number of students in private tertiary institutions.
Touching on the recently held Ayawaso West Wuogon by-election, the Pro Vice Chancellor advised the Government and the two main political parties to sacrifice personal and group interests in order to safeguard the peace in the country.
“It is time we dissolved vigilante groups whose activities disturbed national peace,” he stated.