The Executive Secretary of the National Accreditation Board, Dr. Kingsley Nyarko, has expressed worry about students engaging, what he termed as, ‘consultants’ to do their assignments, research work and other tasks assigned them.
He said such attitude has implication on the quality of graduates tertiary institutions are producing. This concern resonates an earlier call by the Managing Director of the GCB Bank Limited, Mr. Anselm Ray Sowah, at a recently held public lecture at the University of Cape Coast, who also bemoaned the lack of critical thinking graduates display when employed into industry.
The National Accreditation Board boss raised this concern when he called on the Vice Chancellor of the University of Cape Coast, Prof. Joseph Ghartey Ampiah on Tuesday.
He said the growing trend of students who willfully pay ‘contractors’ to do their academic work is worrying and could have dire effects on the country’s skilled human resource.
Dr. Kingsley Nyarko further entreated the University of Cape Coast to build the capacities of lecturers in the various tertiary institutions in the country to acquire professional skills in teaching.
Dr. Nyarko noted though most lecturers in tertiary institutions have either acquired PhDs and Masters with research, majority of them do not have the skills in teaching to handle students at the tertiary level.
Dr. Nyarko said UCC is a major stakeholder and the first University with the mandate to train teachers for the various levels of the education sector. He therefore, called on UCC to intervene in equipping lecturers to impact positively in their students through teaching.
In his response, the Vice-Chancellor of UCC, Prof. Ghartey Ampiah said the University has already designed a programme known as “Teaching in Higher Education” for teachers in the various tertiary institutions.
Prof. Ampiah said UCC will soon send documents on the programme to the NAB for accreditation. He called on the Executive Director to expedite action on the document so that it can be approved for the programme to begin in the shortest possible time.
Prof. Ampiah said UCC was ready to assist the NAB and other regulatory bodies to ensure that lecturers in the country acquire the relevant expertise to teach and assess the diversity of students at the tertiary level.
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