A Deputy Registrar at the Division of Academic Affairs, Mrs. Ekua Abedi-Boafo, has entreated National Service Personnel (NSP) posted to the University of Education, Winneba (UEW), to work collectively with the staff of the institution to realise the university’s goal.
She was addressing personnel at a one-day orientation organised by the Division of Human Resource (DHR) for the 2022–2023 academic year of NSP posted to the UEW. It was held at the Jophus Anamuah Conference Centre.
She emphasised that the goal of the university is to train competent professional teachers for all levels of education as well as conduct research, disseminate knowledge and contribute to educational policy and development. She indicated that the institution has a target to be an internationally reputable institution for teacher education and research.
Mrs. Ekua Abedi-Boafo
“As you have joined us, what we are expecting is that you familiarise yourself with our environment, learn our work culture, know our work values, and apply yourself to the individual roles that have been assigned to you,” she implored them.
She advised personnel to pay close attention to all presentations and guidance given to developing into competent individuals who could serve the institution, their communities, and the country as a whole.
Ms. Rebecca Techie Menson, Office of Employee Relations, DHR, urged personnel to be punctual, polite, modest, and exhibit maturity in their service delivery. She implored personnel to build good relationships and use their time, as well as other resources available to them, judiciously. She said skills acquired and relationships built together will open doors for them tomorrow.
Facilitators who made presentations at the Jophus Anamuah-Mensah Conference Centre
Mr. Ben Duadze, Senior Assistant Registrar, DHR, encouraged personnel to use the appropriate channels of communication if they wanted their issues addressed promptly. He also beseeched the personnel to keep confidential the information they come into contact with in the course of their work and cautioned personnel in the various departments and faculties to desist from leaking questions to students.
Ms. Vida Dare, Senior and Junior Staff Unit, DHR, advised personnel in the departments and faculties not to assume the role of lecturers to lecture, supervise, or write theses for students as they have not been contracted as such. She charged personnel to carry out all assigned duties with maturity and ethical leanings. She tasked personnel to take advantage of all resources made available to them to improve themselves.
At a similar event for the College of Languages Education (CoLANGE), the Senior Assistant Registrar, DHR, at the College, Mr. Charles Denkyi, on behalf of the Principal, advised personnel to work within the confines of the rules and regulations of the University to acquire the skills which will make them employable after their national service period.
Speakers at the CoLANGE conference in Ajumako
He spoke extensively on the University’s Values, Code of Conduct, Vision, and Mission of the University. He also outlined some benchmarks required of personnel in their functions, offences under the NSS Act, and image building, among other roles.
The Ajumako Hall Manager, Mr. Andy Agordah, re-echoed concerns expressed by Mr. Duadze on the apt use of the channels of communication to promptly address grievances.
Mr. Frederick Andoh, a Principal Nursing Officer, at the College clinic, also advised the personnel to take their healthcare issues seriously. He encouraged them to visit the clinic whenever they felt unwell and not to wait till their health conditions deteriorated.
Mr. Nathaniel Ayiku, a Junior Assistant Registrar, took the personnel through the handling of correspondence and how to keep track of the same. He emphasised the need to uphold the dignity of the university and eschew misconduct. He cautioned that non-compliance could result in their withdrawal from the institution.
Service persons present at the Jophus Anamuah-Mensah Conference Centre for the orientation
Participants were oriented on topics like the hierarchical structure of UEW, channels of communication and confidentiality, settling in for work at UEW, the roles of a National Service Person in the University, and health.
Also present were the Deputy Registrar, Division of Human Resource, Mrs. Deborah Afful, and Junior Assistant Registrar, Mr. Isaac Darko.