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"No University is Superior to Other" - Gbadamosi


2006-04-04 12:21:05
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A Leading educationist has cautioned against the tendency of some universities holding themselves up as the best institutions of learning as compared to other universities.

Alhaji Rahim Gbadamosi, a former Director General of the Ghana Education Service, who gave the caution, noted that universities had often used “imaginary league tables” as their basis for comparison.

Alhaji Gbadamosi, now Registrar of Islamic University College of Ghana, who was speaking at the second congregation of the university said imaginary league tables did not provide credible basis for comparison since they could be inspired by mere monetary motives.

That, the Registrar explained, was not a healthy competition in the overall interest of the nation, explaining that the tendency created the impression in students that the tittle learning they had attained was the ultimate in education, self-development and self-actualization.

He also discouraged the tendency on the part of people to attach a form of education to a particular religion stressing, “There is nothing like Islamic, Christian or Hindu education.”

There could be education provided by an Islamic or Christian or Hindu organization or institution because of its specified or varied interests but that did not make the programme the exclusive property of the organization or institution providing it, he explained.

Alhaji Malik Al-Hassan Yakubu, Second Deputy Speaker of Parliament, who was the Guest of Honour, expressed government’s appreciation to the Iranian government for establishing the university in Ghana.

He said government was committed to creating a congenial atmosphere for private institutions to contribute to the advancement of education.

He said the issue of state assistance to private tertiary institutions was receiving attention and added that when a decision was finally taken, private tertiary institutions would benefit immensely.

Alhaji Yakubu urged the new graduates to play active roles in the country’s fight against corruption, indiscipline and disunity.

Dr Hakim Elahi, president of the IUCG, said the university aims at producing graduates not only for academic excellence but with sufficient moral propriety, the lack of which he said, was the bane of the country’s economic growth.

He said the university is in the process of acquiring more land to expand its facilities.

Mr Valiollah Mohammadi, of the Islamic Republic of Iran Ambassador, said his country had assisted Ghana tremendously throughout the 17 years of its activities in Ghana, especially in the education sector.

He said Iran has constructed more than 120 schools and 20 technical and vocational training centres across the country.

The chairman for the occasion, Mr Larry Bimi, chairman of the National Commission on Civic Education, commended Iran for being a partner in Ghana’s socio-economic development and expressed the hope that the university would continue to provide quality tertiary education.

Thirty-two students graduated with Bachelor of Art Degree in Religious Studies (Islamic option) and Bachelor of Business Administration.

The university currently has a student population of 495.

source: Times

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