The Vice-Chancellor of the University of Education, Winneba (UEW), Prof Akwasi Asabere-Ameyaw, has expressed concern over the increasing rate at which large numbers of qualified applicants are turned away by the universities.
He observed that the situation was becoming a worrying phenomenon which needed to be addressed to meet the manpower needs of the country.
The government, as well as private and public universities in the country, needed to strategize to meet the future tertiary educational needs of the country, he stated.
Prof Asabere-Ameyaw expressed the concern when he addressed students of the JAYEE Institute at the school's 20th anniversary and second graduation on the theme, "Re-branding and repositioning of JAYEE Institute".
He urged Ghanaians to invest in quality education to increase the country's prospects of attaining a middle-income status by 2015.
"It has been proved in many advanced countries that quality education is the key to transforming every society," he said.
The vice-chancellor congratulated the graduands and challenged them to be innovative and committed to whatever they did by adopting a positive attitude towards their work, with precision and timelines as their watchwords.
Professor Asabere-Ameyaw also pledged the UEW’s commitment towards creating a special atmosphere for the training of prospective journalists from JAYEE.
The Vice-Chancellor of the University of Cape Coast (UCC), Prof Jane Naana Opoku-Agyemang, congratulated the Principal of JAYEE, Mr John Emmanuel Donkoh, on producing quality people to contribute towards national development.
“Not only is it the first tertiary institution to affiliate with the UEW but it has been at the forefront of producing quality men and women for the employment market over the years,” she said.
Fifteen students received Bachelor of Science (BSc) degrees in Journalism, while 198 students received certificates for undertaking Diploma in Secretaryship, Business Administration and Journalism courses.