Universities must reposition for national character development training – Prof Oduro

Afedzi Abdullah/Isaac Arkoh, GNA

Cape Coast, Sept. 14, GNA – Professor George
K.T Oduro, Pro Vice Chancellor of the University of Cape Coast (UCC), has
tasked universities to imbibe in the youth a national character mind-set for
the country’s next generation of leaders to be patriotic.

This, he said, has become necessary because
recent experiences of political polarisation was permeating every sector of the
society and has virtually sunk the national character of the country.

Prof Oduro has consequently proposed the
introduction of a “Leadership for national character” course which should be a
liberal course in the universities to build the leadership capacity of the

Delivering his inaugural lecture on the topic:
“Repositioning Universities for national character development: Does leadership
and mind-set education matter?”, Prof Oduro said a national character is the
pivot around which sustained national development thrived.

He said a national character was indispensable
in the sustenance of Ghana’s development agenda and universities have a key
role to play in reversing the polarisation trend in the country.

“Let uphold the national unity values in our
constitution and patriotic songs that define our national character. Universities
will fail as a hub of knowledge generation and application if they fail to
place national character at the core of what students learn at the lecture
theatres” Prof Oduro said.

He said the universities through their primary
functions of teaching, researching and extension services, were expected to
prepare students for leadership positions necessary for accelerating national

“Universities should not only develop the
intellect of the youth, they should cultivate national character in their
programmes” Prof Oduro said.

“Universities must use the lecture theatres to
help students develop a mind-set that will place Ghana first and make them
appreciate that our tribal, ethnic, religious and political orientations should
not divide us” he added

The professor of Educational Leadership said
universities should be blamed for the national character challenges facing the
country adding that “the universities have not tried to develop a national
orientation for the people who go through the university system”.

Prof Oduro said politicians must allow the
university decision making structures and procedures to operate if they are to
succeed in developing a national mind – set character for the country. 

He said people with extreme partisan and divisive
orientations should not be appointed chairman of university governing councils.

Prof Oduro cautioned the universities to avoid
using their lecture theatres for politics to promote partisan ideologies,
saying lecture theatres should promote critical minds and accommodate
dissenting opinions.


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