The Minister for Education, Dr. Matthew Opoku Prempreh has revealed that government is considering the reduction of university education duration.
He said if successful, the duration for university education will be reduced from the current four years to three years.
Dr. Opoku Prempeh explained that government is planning on meeting with lecturers to discuss the possible reduction.
Speaking at the 2019 Danquah Institute Leadership lecture, the Minister noted that the reason is because all around the world, University education is for a three year period.
He said Ghana is one of the very few countries who are still practicing the four year system of University education.
Deducing from the Minister’s speech which seem like lecturers may not agree easily, the Minister assured that government will challenge the lecturers to get the current term reduced.
Touching on the history of Ghana’s education, Dr. Opoku Prempeh recalled that initially, the duration for undergoing education at the University of Ghana was three years, with a non-scoring exams taken in the first year.
Dr. Opoku Prempeh again gave an example of KNUST and said that the duration of University education initially was three years.
He described the initial system as good even though shorter than currently, saying that students at the time were still able to attain their PhDs.
Currently, the duration for University education in Ghana is four years and two years for a diploma course.
The Minister stated that government is working hard with the necessary agencies to have the entire years of education in Ghana reduced.
He reiterated that since Ghana is not an island, the country can survive with the reduction and still produce world-class graduates.
Meanwhile recently, Dr. Kwesi Amakye Boateng, a lecturer at KNUST revealed that some lecturers teaching at the Universities have fake PhDs.
He alleged that some of the lecturers seem to know very little about their area of specification and that informed his allegation.
ASUU chairman caught in sex-for-marks scandal
Prof. Monday Igbafen, the Chairman of Ambrose Alli University (AAU) chapter of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), has been suspended by university authorities over allegations of sexual assault.
Igbafen, an Associate Professor of the Department of Philosophy, was suspended after his appearance before a disciplinary committee on allegations of sexual misconduct.
This was made public in a statement signed by Edward Aihevba, the university’s spokesman, on Wednesday in Benin, Edo State capital.
The statement noted that Igbafen had been arraigned before the Senior Staff Disciplinary Committee (SSDC) on allegations of gross misconduct bordering on sexual harassment and threatening students to have sex with him in exchange for marks.
According to the statement, Igbafen was found culpable by the university’s investigative panel.
A relative of one of the victims had threatened to take the institution to the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission ICPC if Igbafen wasn’t prosecuted.
JAMB Question: Correct Author’s Name for Sweet Sixteen; Abdullai or Abdullahi
There have been controversies over the correct name of the Author for the Official JAMB Novel for the coming UTME; “SWEET SIXTEEN”. Since the Novel was confirmed by JAMB at the beginning of registration, various versions of the Author’s Name have popped up; So can we spell it as “Abdullai” or “Abdullahi”, if it comes out in the exam? The difference in name is the letter “H”. We want to put an end to this confusion right now.
First of all, it’s important to note that the version released by JAMB to test candidates in the coming UTME is a slimmer or summary version of the original version composed by the Author. The original version has 157 pages, while the version released by JAMB has only 53 pages. The confusion stems from the fact that there are two versions of the book with one bearing “Bolaji Abdullai” and the other bearing Bolaji “Abdullahi”.
In the original version, the Author’s name is written as “Bolaji Abdullai”, while the version by JAMB is written as “Bolaji Abdullahi”. Although they sound similar, the difference is the letter “H” in the JAMB Version. Since Myschool.ng does not believe the Author would make a mistake in his own name stated in the original version, it is safe to say that JAMB made a mistake in the Author’s name. Oh yes, JAMB makes mistakes too. 🙂
Based on these findings, we hope JAMB does not test candidates to state the name of the Author in the coming exams. Even if they do, we hope they don’t bring out the two varying names as options, rather we expect them to place other Authors in the options.
Be that as it may, if you’re confronted with a question where the two varying names are placed as options for you to select the Author’s Name, please select the name that appears on the JAMB Version of the Novel, which is Sweet Sixteen by Bolaji Abdullahi.
So you now know what option to pick if you see the question; “Who is the Author of the book, Sweet sixteen?”.
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