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Monday, 20 July 2009 15:15

Students In China Applauded For Their Maturity

ACCRA, Ghana, July 8, (GNA) - Mr. Akwasi Agyeman Agyare, Acting Head of Ghana's Mission in China, has congratulated Ghanaian students in China for their mutual understanding, cooperation and patience with the government during the difficult period of accessing remittances from the Scholarship Secretariat.

Mr Agyare praised the students for their maturity for being sympathetic with the government when the payment of their supplementary allowances was delayed this year.

He was speaking when he addressed a cross-section of students at the 21st Annual Congress of the National Union of Ghanaian Students, China (NUGS-CHINA) at Wuhan, Hubei Province, on July on Tuesday.

A statement from the Foreign Ministry said the Annual Congress was on theme: "Overcoming the Challenges Ghanaian Students Face in China - the Way Forward."

The government has released a total of 2.63 million dollars for the immediate payment of scholarship claims for some Ghanaian students studying abroad.

The amount covers payment for those studying in Benin, Morocco, Algeria, Russia, Czech republic, China, Togo, Tanzania, Egypt and Cuba, a statement issued by the Ministry of Information said. It explained that the plight of students studying abroad as reported by sections of the media has been caused by the non-payment of claims due them in 2008.

The government sympathizes with the affected students for the difficulties experienced over the period, the statement said. For example the statement noted that some 1.7 million dollars, representing claims for Bilateral Awards for students in Morocco, Algeria, Cuba, Russia, Czech Republic and China, was unpaid from October to December 2008.

"A further 126,295.69 dollars was unpaid 2008 tuition fees for year abroad students in Benin," it said.

The statement said the money released by government would also cover the payment of the balance of 2008 and 2009 claims for the Year Abroad Programme students in Togo, Russia, Tanzania, Egypt, Benin and Cuba.

Mr Agyare assured the students that the government would not shirk her responsibilities, pointing out that a total of 2.63 million dollars had to be released by government for the immediate payment of scholarship claims of Ghanaian students studying abroad.

He urged the students to see their studies abroad as a challenge and not as a privilege, "as the government's objective was that young people are given quality education".

The Acting Head of Mission gave the assurance that the government would put in place the right measures to enhance the welfare of students abroad.

Mr Agyare called on the students to understand that China's re-emergence on the world stage as a major economic and political power had sparked a global interest in all things Chinese, including Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), and advised medical students among them to pursue that discipline as a natural alternative to Western medicine.

He challenged the graduating students to put into practice the knowledge they had acquired in China for the sustainable socio-economic development of Ghana, "because Chinese government development assistance to Ghana has increased tremendously in the past few years and this is a reflection of the deepening bilateral cooperation between the two countries".

Mr Agyare advised the students to return to Ghana upon completion of their studies and to take advantage of the job opportunities that had been created with the increased presence of Chinese companies in Ghana.

"Now, more than ever, the technical skills as well as the Chinese language acquired, has created immense opportunities for students from China, and there is therefore no need to seek greener pastures elsewhere."

The Head of Mission congratulated the executives and members of NUGS-CHINA for the splendid organization of the 21st annual congress.

Earlier there were news that China wanted to help Ghanaians train in Chinese educational institutions.

The Chinese government has doubled the number of scholarship it grants to Africa to 4 000 students per year, says Yu Wenzhe, China's Ambassador to Ghana.

The expanded package is China's contribution to help Africa to achieve its goals, Mr Wenzhe said at a reception he hosted for 34 Ghanaian students who have received Chinese government scholarships for the 2008-2009 academic year.

Ghana's National Scholarship Secretariat, various government ministries and other institutions recommended the students.

He said the Chinese government valued these educational scholarships as means of boosting friendship between the two countries and urged the students to study hard and pass on the knowledge acquired for the benefit of the country.

He added that China was also helping the University of Ghana make the Chinese language an attractive course for students of the university.

Felix Lansah, the Registrar of the National Scholarship Secretariat, asked the beneficiaries to be worthy ambassadors by applying themselves diligently to their studies and exhibiting the highest sense of discipline.

He said Ghana, as a country hoping to attain middle-income status by 2015, would always take the opportunity to learn the values and work ethics of China.

***With additional reporting by Kester Kenn Klomegah. (END/2009)


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