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The University Teachers Association of Ghana has asked government not to pass the bill into a law because it will only more harm than good.
The Public University Bill from the Ministry of Education seeks to control the activities of public universities and also change the structure of the governing council of the universities with the President appointing most of the members on the council.
Speaking at a press conference in Accra, the University of Ghana chapter of the Association says the bill will stifle the growth of the universities.
Prof. Akosua Adomako Ampofo, the Dean of International Programmes says “By seeking to centralize University admission under one platform, the Bill takes the process for admission of new students away from individuals universities. This would not only be cumbersome but would strip from universities in the country the ability to seek the best students for their unique programmes. This would only deepen the disadvantage of students without means or political connection.”
Defending the association’s view, the Director of Programs at the Centre for Democratic Development of Ghana, Dr. Kofi Asante said “Despite a proposal for the bill to be withdrawn, the government has since not heeded to our proposal but we are calling for the bill to be withdrawn because it poses a threat to Ghana’s growth in higher education and the autonomy of universities,”.
Source: Ghana Waves