President Mahama challenges graduates to be critical thinkers

John MahamaPresident John Dramani Mahama, has noted that due to the myriad of challenges facing the world today, “we are challenged to produce the calibre of graduates who are critical thinkers to confront challenges”.

“Undoubtedly, in an increasingly scientific and technological world, no country can afford to ignore the importance of quality and technology-based education,” he said.

President Mahama made the observation in a speech read on his behalf during, the second batch of the 18th congregation of the University of Education, Winneba on Saturday.

A total of 6,708 students graduated during the two-day period and were conferred with certificates, diplomas and degrees.

The first batch of students graduated on Friday, November 22.

President Mahama said that over the past decade, policies of the government have continually focused on ensuring quality and relevant education as “we make our tertiary institutions responsive to the challenges of the times”.

“Our ability as a country to compete and face the challenges of the new millennium depends on the quality of tertiary education, “he said.

He said it is good for one to acquire knowledge that translates into practical outcomes.

President Mahama urged the universities to support government efforts by putting in place systems for improving the structures and programmes for the Distance mode of Education programme that can absorb senior high school students unable to access conventional residential education.

Source: GNA

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