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Addressing campus unrest: administrators key to ensuring stability


  19 Juillet      3        Society (11256),

   

By Afedzi Abdullah, GNA

Cape Coast, July 19, GNA – Mr Samuel Mawusi Asafo, Registrar and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Chartered Institute of Administrators and Management Consultant (CIAMC) has asked universities to prioritise the role of administrators because they are critical to curtailing campus unrest and ensuring peace and stability.

Their role, according to him must merit more attention as it touched on important issues of power and strategic direction in contemporary higher education.

Subsequently, he said “if our universities are to experience stability, the extended part of the central pillar must be periodically tailored on the role of administrators and what constitute effective administration in the 21st century”.

His call comes in the wake of recent students’ unrest on the campuses of some public universities which distracted the academic calendar as they were temporarily closed down.

Mr Asafo was speaking on the topic “Growing together as university Administrators for national Development” at a mini Congress and Continuous Professional Development (CPD) workshop held at Cape Coast.

It was organised on the theme: “Professional Development in the 21st Century University administration”

He said research had shown that employee behaviour in schools was influence by the power individuals and groups exercised over each other and therefore administrators must duel on their pool of skills to effectively deal with the situation when they arise.

Mr Asafo stressed the need for 21st century university administrators to prioritise instructional requirement, expertise of faculty and the ultimate needs of students adding that, their role in promoting skill acquisition for effective development of the university could not be debated.

In this regard, he urged them to continually enhance their professional development and equip themselves with critical thinking and communication skills, be creative and collaboration with others.

He said more than 20 percent of the workforce in Ghanaian higher education was employed in administrative support services, but noted that the profile of such group had changed considerably over time and required higher education degree.

He therefore urged the university administrators to endeavor to obtain higher degrees and professional charters saying “if university administrators are seen to lack higher education, degrees and professional charters, their influence over the system will be limited”.

Mr Asafo further encouraged university administrators to be the facilitators of dialogues and ask critical questions that bothered on how and what students must learn, what available tools and resources can and will support academic staff and how to measure the effectiveness of students.

Mrs Mildred Asmah, College Registrar, College of Agricultural and Natural Sciences (CANS) of the University of Cape Coast (UCC) appealed to university administrators to focus on achieving their core functions.

This, she indicated was needed to aid the effective performance of their institutions.

She prompted the administrators that their role was increasingly becoming more problems-solving and called on them to strengthen their working skills as leaders to be able to live up to the task.

She urged them to make a critical reflection on their current practice and integrate theory and practice to improve the quality of higher education administration.

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