The University of Professional Studies, Accra (UPSA), has conferred an honorary doctorate on Dr. Matthew Opoku Prempeh, Energy Minister, who is also the immediate past Minister of Education, at its 13th special congregation.
The honorary doctorate was in recognition of Dr. Opoku Prempeh’s contributions towards the advancement of education in Ghana. During the congregation, a total of 870 students from the UPSA School of Graduate Studies and the UPSA Law School graduated.
Out of this number, the School of Graduate Studies presented 764 students where as the UPSA Law School graduated 106 students.
Vice President Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia was the special guest of honour at the Congregation.
A visibly elated Dr. Opoku Prempeh in his acceptance speech expressed gratitude to the UPSA Governing Council and management for the honour done him.
He recounted that when he took over as an Education Minister in 2017, he faced the daunting task of implementing the Free Senior High School (SHS) education programme, however, with determination the government was able to do it.
He said the government was determined to ensure that all junior high school graduates who qualify for admission into SHS have access to secondary education free of charge.
“As a society, our collective security lies in the people, we chose to lead us, to make decisions on our behalf, to protect us and to ensure our wellbeing,” he said.
“It is crucial, therefore, that we nurture the right leaders to ensure that the right calibre of people are brought up in this country for the task ahead.
What this means is that we must deliberately give leadership grooming the urgency that it deserves right from school till we start political or active lives,” he added.