Public University Bill poses imminent danger – UTAG-UG

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The University  of Ghana branch  of the University  Teachers Association of Ghana (UTAG-UG) says the impending Public University  Bill poses great danger to University education in the country.

UG-UTAG  argues that the bill has the tendency of irreparably damaging the country’s  global standing as a pillar of democratic governance in Ghana.

Per the draft bill, a University Council shall consist of nine persons, including a chairperson who will be nominated by the President.

The draft Bill when passed will see to the renaming of The University of Professional Studies, Accra after its founder, Nana Opoku Ampomah.

University of Health and Allied Sciences will be named after a former member of the United Gold Coast Convention (UGCC) and Convention People’s Party (CPP).

Addressing the media at press  conference Wednesday 16th September  2020, UG-UTAG President,  Dr. Samuel Nkumbaan,  noted that the Public  University Bill which seeks to harmonize Public universities under one law, has disturbing implications for the future of higher education in Ghana.

He noted that  the implementation  of the Public University bill violates the 1992 Constitution  of the Republic  of Ghana as the new law will erode the protections that the constitution grants the universities in order  that they can effectively  carry out their mandate of teaching , learning and research. 

“To conclude, the Bill is unconstitutional, unnecessary, and deeply harmful to the integrity of the Public Universities. It posses a threat to the ability of students, lecturers and administration to carry out their day to day  learning, teaching  and research functions  without fear of government dictates or reprisals”, he added. 

Ghana | | Vivian Adu Boatemaa