Hunt for int'l students – Ablakwa

A former Deputy Education Minister, Mr Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa, has charged heads of Senior High Schools (SHSs) and tertiary institutions to have an international outlook in order to attract foreign students to pursue their education in Ghana...


A former Deputy Education Minister, Mr Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa, has charged heads of Senior High Schools (SHSs) and tertiary institutions to have an international outlook in order to attract foreign students to pursue their education in Ghana.

According to Mr Ablakwa, students from abroad pay higher fees to study in Ghana, and, so, could be used as a means of attracting more revenue.

Speaking at the UK Boarding School Exhibition which was organised by some heads of schools from the UK in Accra on Saturday, 18 May 2019, Mr Ablakwa said some schools in Ghana should also organise such programmes in other foreign countries for students to enrol in Ghana.

He said it should not be only foreign schools exhibiting in Ghana but it was high time Ghanaian schools also travelled outside to mount exhibitions in other jurisdictions to attract foreign students.

In his view, the appreciation of diverse cultures and backgrounds will help create a united world with economic benefits for Ghana as well.

“It shouldn’t be a one-way traffic for only UK schools to come and exhibit in Ghana. Our schools such as Presec, Achimota, Prempeh, Wesley Girls, Accra Girls, Mfantsiman, Holy Child and the tertiary institutions must adopt an aggressive international student mobilisation strategy,” he admonished.

He said a similar strategy was pursued during his time as deputy minister, which resulted in the country’s tertiary institutions attracting about 10,000 foreign students from 60 different countries to study in Ghana.

Mr Ablakwa hoped more will be done by the education authorities to increase that number.

For her part, the Ghana Coordinator for UK Boarding School Exhibition, Portia Yayra Klu, said the programme was organised for students, school principals and parents to interact and know the best foreign boarding school they can choose for their wards.

The programme was also aimed at helping the participants to be abreast of modern teaching and learning trends in foreign schools.

Source: Ghana/ClassFMonline.com/91.3FM



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