The Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Prof. George K. T. Oduro has underscored the importance of leadership to the success of every society.
The Pro-Vice-Chancellor said this when a professor from the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Graduate School of Education, University at Buffalo, Prof. Stephen L. Jacobson called on him at his office.
Prof. Jacobson is a distinguished Professor and former Coordinator of Educational Administration programmes for the Graduate School of Education at the University at Buffalo –State University of New York.
His research interest includes the reform of school leadership preparation and practice, and successful leadership in high poverty schools. His current research examines early childhood education centers in New Zealand and a secondary school in Belize.
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Prof. Oduro in his remarks, said leadership was very crucial and the university would look at how best to help both the Ministry of Education and the Ghana Education Service to develop the leadership capabilities of officials in the two bureaucracies.
“Leadership is an issue, we are convinced that leadership makes the difference”, he said.He therefore hoped the Institute of Educational Planning and Administration (IEPA) would develop a proposal expeditiously to ensure a smooth take-off of the intended programme as soon as possible.
Prof. Jacobson said he was looking forward to a fruitful partnership with the I. E. P. A in the area of educational leadership.
Delegation at UCC Pro Vice Chancellor's office
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The Director of the I. E. P. A., Dr. (Bro.) Michael Amakyi said the Institute was keen on the implementation of the school leadership programme and hope to tap into the reach experience of Prof. Jacobson.
Present during the visit were the Director of the Directorate of Public Affairs, Major (retd) Kofi Baah-Bentum, Assistant Registrar IEPA, Mrs. Alberta Konadu Owusu and a Research Fellow at IEPA, Dr. Michael Boakye-Yiadom.