A former lecturer with the erstwhile UEW-K, now the Akenten Appiah-Menka University of Skills Training and Entrepreneurial Development (AAMUSTED), Hon. George Kwabena Obeng Takyi, Member of Parliament (MP) for Manso-Nkwanta Constituency, has admonished university students to embrace the opportunity of attending tertiary institutions to gain education and not schooling.
Elaborating on how we have finally gotten to where we are today, the MP traced back history to the pre-colonial through colonial and post-colonial era, outlining major incidents.
“When we got independence, those privileges, those robbery, stealing, [and] leakages, they couldn’t stop there. The people who took over governance, they allocated to themselves the allowances, privileges, the garden boy allowance, the mosquito allowance, [I mean] when the black [man] got independence and took over, they still maintained these allowances even though we were speaking against them.”
“Our society is a slogan society. We just say something for saying seek. We don’t act or do anything about it. So after independence, we maintained all those privileges” he added.
“So we are just schooling and not educating ourselves because we have followed the status quo” he stressed.
However, Hon. George Obeng used the numerous importance of palm tree to illustrate and challenge the student parliamentarians and student-observers, to take look into conceptualising the education they are receiving by imagining and developing systems that are specific to their education and training.
“Take the palm tree. You can have with the palm tree, a lot things. You can have broom from it, you can have the benefits of the palm nuts and when the palm tree is old enough, you can chop it down and get palm wine” adding “I tell people, the palm wine is the best energy drink in the whole world ever, if not fermented.”
He took on the song “Ye pe money” by Kwasi Arthur to advice the students about the desire for money regardless of the unwillingness to dedicate themselves to innovative and creative thinking.
Hon. George Kwabena Obeng Takyi was speaking at AAMUSTED on the theme “The Impact of Socio-Economic Growth on Academic Development” organised by the Student Parliament of the Akenten Appiah-Menka University of Skills Training and Entrepreneurial Development (AAMUSTED) on Saturday, July 17, 2021.