The Vice-Chancellor, Professor Abednego F. O. Amartey has charged members of staff of the University of Professional Studies, Accra to prioritise the needs of students in the discharge of their duties.
He also advised heads of Units to re-direct their energies and attention to enriching students’ educational experience by applying the University’s scarce resources to the utilization and maintenance of services and facilities that would directly benefit the student community.
The Vice-Chancellor was speaking at an orientation workshop for Deans, Directors, heads of academic departments and Units.
“If I have a problem in my office, let’s say, the lighting system or the air condition is not working, because I am the Vice-Chancellor, it is resolved in the next five minutes but when it has to do with students needs or facilities at the Lecture Block Complex (LBC) it takes two weeks,” Prof Okoe Amartey said.
“I’m not interested in the problems that are fixed in the Vice-Chancellor’s office. I am interested in the problems that are resolved at the LBC; I am interested in the Weekend School being cleaned for lectures every week.
“If our lectures halls are untidy for weekend classes, what is the point of the VC’s office being cleaned?
“So from today, your attention should go to the lecture halls; your attention should go to the clinic; and the hostels. When these are done, it would be easier to focus on other areas,” he stressed.
Prof Amartey further urged the managers to exercise their supervisory roles effectively in order to enhance institutional efficiency as well as improve students’ educational experience.
The one-day orientation aimed at sharpening the skills of participants to execute their duties properly while improving the operational effectiveness and efficiency of the University.