From: James Sheriffdeen, Kumasi
The Minister of Education, Prof. Naana Jane Opoku Agyemang, has reminded lecturers to put a stop to the practice of indirect selling of lesson notes to students to make money off the students and for that matter parents.
She noted that the cry of students against this practice, has reached the corridors of the government and therefore wish to repeat this for the last time.
In an address read on her behalf by the Ashanti Regional Minister, John Alexander Ackon on the occasion of the 11th Congregation of the Kumasi Polytechnic on Saturday, June 4, said, the annoying part was the unfair treatment meted out to those who fail to purchase the handout.
This practice, she said, does not only place additional financial burden on parents, it also does not promote research and originality and independent work by students.
According to her, the President has, therefore directed that a total ban be placed on this practice, while management should also ensure compliance.
She indicated that, lecturers can publish their notes into books, and place them at the Polytechnic bookshops for sale.
Touching on condition of service, the Education Minister admitted, the country was going through economic challenges, and therefore urged public sector workers, especially those in the education sector, to be circumspect in their demands for wage increment.
She congratulated the graduating class of 2015, for having successfully completed their programmes of study and trust that wherever they find themselves, they would strive to pursue honesty, sincerity, selflessness, hardwork and dedication.
The Rector of Kumasi Polytechnic, Prof. N.N.N Nsowah-Nuamah announced that, the polytechnic, have prepared a 4-year degree programmes for all programmes run at Higher National Diploma (HND) levels, while a special demand driven programmes, have also been designed.
He advised the graduating class to take advantage of the various opportunities offered by today’s changing world by looking around to identify these opportunities and use them to their advantage.
“Be mindful of people you associate yourself with, as they may have either positive or negative influence on your life” he cautioned, and advised them to be mindful of that popular adage that “bad association corrupts good morals”.