President John Dramani Mahama has hinted of plans by his administration to make tertiary education free. But this according to him, will depend on a number of factors including an improvement in the country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP).
Mahama’s administration is currently running what it calls a progressively free Senior High School education policy.The President made the announcement on Wednesday while addressing students of the University of Cape Coast as part of his five-day tour of the Central Region.
“I wish to assure you that, as Ghana’s GDP continues to grow and as you continue to make wealth, we will continue to make tertiary education progressively free so that you pay less fees. In the meantime; we are investing heavily in tertiary education in order to make the teaching and learning experience good for you.”
President Mahama also said the amount of money his government is investing in tertiary education “is really massive and that is supposed to improve the quality of teaching and learning in our universities.”
Government has so far converted six polytechnics in the country into what it calls technical universities.
But critics have expressed skepticism about the viability of the conversion saying the concept has not been well-thought through.
By: Godwin A. Allotey/citifmonline.com/Ghana