Mrs. Mary Owusu Obimpeh Defends her PhD Thesis

Mrs. Mary Owusu Obimpeh Defends her PhD Thesis
May 16, 2019

On   Friday, 10th May 2019, Mrs. Mary Owusu Obimpeh, a PhD candidate in the Department of Public Administration and Health Services Management, of UGBS, presented and defended her thesis as a requirement for the completion of the programme. The viva session was organised at the Department of Biochemistry Conference Room, University of Ghana.

Mrs. Owusu Obimpeh’s thesis was titled “Managing Work-Life Imbalance Among Female Administrators in Public Universities in Ghana”. As her main objective, the candidate sought to investigate the sources, effects and strategies adopted to manage work-life balance, by female administrators in public universities in Ghana. Her work was supervised by Dr. Albert Ahenkan and Dr. Kwame Asamoah.

Mrs. Obimpeh disclosed that despite the implementation of policies and strategies such as leave policies, welfare policies, educational policies, and accommodation policies instituted by universities to ensure work-life balance for workers in Ghana, female administrators remain highly challenged. This is because the policies are too general and do not cater for the peculiar needs of female administrators.

As part of her recommendations, she suggested that the Human Resource Departments of Universities should extend maternity leave period to 6 months, to reduce the burden of female administrators who are nursing mothers. She also suggests that the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection collaborates with the Ministry of Education to incorporate crèche schools in the formal education system amongst others.

Mrs. Mary Owusu Obimpeh successfully passed her oral examination which was scored based on her knowledge in the field of study, her demonstration of ownership and the study’s contribution to academia as well as practice.
She expressed profound thanks to God, her supervisors, colleagues and audience present for their support.

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