I shall have my say but before then, my alumni and Kinbu-Senyo Hosi writes

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I am impressed by sentiments and discussions that the Citi TV video of me speaking at a forum at the University of Ghana has stimulated.

For many
years the University’s alumni has been almost next to non-existent. Many of
them have shown greater attachment to their secondary schools than to the
University. I am no exception.

These
discussions generated by the video appear to have compelled many of our alumni
to raise their hands and be counted. I have been reached by many who appreciate
my candor and honesty in that video, expressing a hope that it might help
change the University for the better. I have also been contacted by some who
agree with my sentiments in that video but wish the style had been different.
And surely there have been others who have lost the message, angered by the
messenger.

Many
perspectives have been shared with some clearly misinformed. I will in due
course share my position and hopefully clarify a few issues.

The energy
generated among the alumni and Ghanaians in general is constructive, and I hope
the University will commission the Business School (UGBS) to develop and
implement a strategy to connect and re-energise the alumni for the development
of the school.

It is key
that as a school, we optimize every opportunity to translate theory to practice
on campus.
But before then, I wish to remind all that, there once was a prestigious school
called Kinbu. It schooled children of the elite in society like President Nana
Addo. I doubt if many today will seek to educate their kids with Kinbu as a
first choice.

The fact
that Kinbu provided Ghana a president and lawyer many years ago does not make
it a fine school today. With all due respect to its alumni and students, Kinbu
is a low-tier school today. My secondary school, Temasco was not a top-tier
school when I was there and it cannot be regarded as a top tier school today.
Simply put, the fact that you may have produced great persons in times past,
does not imply that you continue to do so in the majority or are positioned to
do so going forward.

Tagging the
University of Ghana as the nation’s premier university will mean nothing if its
products continue to be less attractive on the job market. As I see it, the
University of Ghana risks becoming irrelevant to industry.

The
researches (mostly less visible to the general Ghanaian public) which confirm
the University’s eminence in Ghana, means nothing if such eminence is not
translated into the general quality of the graduates the University produces
and the connection with society or industry.

Please let’s
not take the few excellent students in or from the University as representative
of the norm. Be reminded that the presence of tiny bright spots in a dark room
does not necessarily light up the room. As an HR Director of one of the biggest
institutions told me this morning, the University can take pride in its output
only when the majority of its students excel. The pointing to few bright spots
is mediocre.

There is a
reason why the Ghanaian elite today (politicians, clergy, senior public and corporate
officials) and the middle class (including some staff of the University) prefer
to send their kids and relatives to Ashesi or to universities abroad. They bend
their backs to save for an Ashesi education for their kids.

I believe it
behoves on all bearers of the UG certificate to be brutally truthful and
advocate for all the reforms required to ensure that sustained impact is made
in the lives of our young Ghanaians and that the value of our certificates does
not depreciate.

To the younger generations, the future is yours but your ability to find it fruitful is significantly dependent on the decisions many of us (public and private leaders) take about your education and strategic positioning. You have a role to play as individuals but do well to relentlessly and fearlessly demand that we play our role well enough not to fail and disappoint you.

By: Senyo Hosi

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