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Ministry of Education launches "Campus Connect" Initiative



The Ministry of Education on Tuesday launched an initiative to strengthen the relationship between government and student bodies.


The initiative dubbed: "Campus Connect," launched at the Central Administration of the University for Development Studies, Tamale is pioneered by the Ministry in collaboration with student leaders and management of tertiary institutions.


The initiative is also to bring governance to the doorstep of students and to train and educate world class individuals.


Mr John Osei Kofi, Deputy Chief of Staff, said the initiative is crucial to government as it would provide opportunity for stock taking of government activities in its effort to bring governance to the doorsteps of students.


He said the initiative forms part of President John Dramani Mahama’s pledge to promote accountable and transparent governance.


    He expressed appreciation to stakeholders who in diverse ways are contributing to complement government efforts in the provision of quality education.


He said the initiative is an addition to the now institutionalised annual meeting of student leaders and officials of the Ministry of Education with emphasis on the direct on-campus on the impact of government policies and programmes while stimulating intellectual discussions on governance in higher institutions of learning.


Mr Kofi said the launch demonstrates the importance government attached to the initiative, adding that, students are partners to the scheme.


    He asked the students to table issues and challenges confronting students appropriately for redress.


Mr Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa, a Deputy Minister in-charge of Tertiary Education, said the initiative is non-partisan and would be replicated in all campuses across the country to address the real issues of student challenges.


He said the initiative brings together policy makers to address the challenges of students and that a lot of issues are happening on all university campuses, which goes beyond the control of the Ministry of Education.


Mr Ablakwa said the presence of the government officials provides the opportunity to deliberate on the challenges and to find solutions to them.


He noted that one of the cardinal principles of good governance is feedback which the initiative seeks to provide to government and students.


Mr Ransford Kumbour, Deputy Executive Director of the National Service Scheme , explained to students that the registration fees paid by service personnel was instituted in 2005 and that the money has been used as the registration fee, for Identity Card and IT Consultancy.


He said the payment was upfront for personnel posted to the private sector and was a four- month period for personal posted to the public.


Mr Kumbour said the NSS is asking all service personnel to pay the fee upfront because of the challenges the scheme is currently facing.


The Ministers at the function visited Tamale Senior High School where students were writing the West African Certificate Examination and inspected a government data centre at Sagnarigu in the Sagnarigu District.


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