Vice-Chancellor of the University of Ghana, Legon, Prof. Ebenezer Oduro-Owusu, has made a strong case for females to be given equal opportunities as males if Africa and for that matter Ghana want to develop at the right pace.
He argues, females at the university level are outperforming their male counterparts contrary to what used to pertain in the past. “Currently, we have more first class coming from ladies- yes they are doing much much better than the boys.”
To help sustain this and even get better results, he said University of Ghana is currently working to give equal chance to both sexes to shine.
According him, his outfit which used to practice a policy that allowed 30 percent intake of women against 70 percent of males, is reversing the policy and working towards giving 50 percent for each sex as far as admission into the University is concerned.
“We have a policy to make sure that we increase female intake and our aim is to get to a point where at least we can have females 50 and 50 for males. It was as low as 30/70 coming from there to quite close to 50/50. We are hoping to get there in a couple of years”.
Prof. Oduro-Owusu who spoke to The Herald after a forum dub “The Power of Partnership: Strengthening Education Town Hall”, said females are doing incredibly well.
Asked what is accounting for this, the University of Ghana boss said females are more focused and attach seriousness to whatever they set their eyes on hence the surprisingly good grades they are coming out with.
He said, “Naturally, women are very focused, women are serious on whatever they do, and so I think that is accounting for this”.
Prof. Oduro-Owusu underscored the importance of partnering institutions such as Yale University for mutual benefits. He said University of Ghana does not only partner similar universities but the private sector adding the main of the premier institution is to train critical minds that can help in the growth of the country.
Themed, “The Power of Partnership: Strengthening Education” the programme held at the University of Ghana’s Great Hall had in attendance, President of Yale University, Prof. Peter Salovey, who is visiting Africa for the first time since assuming office in 2013, President of Ashesi University, Dr. Patrick Awuah, Elizabeth Elango-Bintliff, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Junior Achievement Africa and Strive Masiyiwa who is the Executive Chairman and Founder, Econet.