Pro Vice Chancellor of University of Cape Coast, Professor George K.T. Oduro says political polarization has become a threat to the Ghanaian national character and this is eventually having a toll on development.
He says individual orientation towards various political parties is gradually sweeping Ghanaians off patriotism and creating a society in which political affiliations come before the nation.
Professor Oduro noted that this canker which is gradually being normalized is degrading Ghana’s educational system to an extent where educational policies are being implemented based on political choices.
Professor George K.T Oduro made this assertion yesterday as he delivered his inaugural lecture on the theme: “Repositioning Universities for National Character Development: Does Leadership and Mindset education Matter?”
He said, “As Ghanaians, we need to rethink the way we are practicing politics. Familiarization is creating a situation where when people want positions they rush to obtain political party cards to identify themselves with the political party in power…Institutional leaders appointed by political lines tend to work in the interest of their parties rather than the institution”.
Prof Oduro delivering the Lecture
According to Professor Oduro, salvaging this situation requires a total change of the mindset of citizens. He said other successful nations have reached their epoch after realizing the power of using their minds to develop their nations.
He blamed Ghanaian universities for failing to train individuals with nationalistic character and charged universities to inculcate in students, nationalistic values.
“Indeed the universities definitely have a role to play. Because the success of a nation depends on the mindset formed by universities and the extent to which leadership power promotes a national character.
In this context, universities should not only develop the intellect of the youth; they should integrate national character issues in their programmes.
Universities should use the lecture theaters to help them develop a mindset that will make them place Ghana first and make them appreciate that our tribal, religious and political orientations should not divide us as citizens”.
As a former Council Chair of the Takoradi Technical Universit, representatives from the University presented a plaque in his honour
Prof Oduro in a group photograph with his family
Some Scholars from Cambridge were also present to witness the Inaugural Lecture
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