About seventy graduates from the various technical universities in the country today [Tuesday], took to the streets of Accra in a protest to demand the immediate constitution of governing councils for their respective institutions.
Spokesperson for the graduates, Alfred Kumah Brown said the absence of governing councils is hampering the smooth running of technical universities.
[contextly_sidebar id=”7sgY2mTSjqm5mHSrgQWrAPDbOJ3f0bPH”]He said students who have successfully completed their programmes of study have no certificates due to the inability of these institutions to organize graduation ceremonies.
“We have completed school over a year now without certificates. It is not that we failed our courses. We passed! We paid our school fees and we successfully completed the various courses, but here we are today without a certificate.”
“It is unfortunate that a government which talks about industrialization still does not want to give attention to technical universities. We plead with the Nana Addo government to constitute governing councils,” Mr. Brown pleaded.
Constitute Councils for Universities or face our wrath – UTAG
In July, the University Teachers Association of Ghana (UTAG) gave government a two-week ultimatum to constitute Councils of the various universities in the country or face their wrath.
The National President of UTAG, Harry Agbanu, said the situation had left universities in a state of inaction thus threatening upcoming graduation and crucial contracts among others.
“UTAG has noted with extreme dismay that government since taking office on 7 July 2017, has not been able to constitute the Councils of public universities in Ghana. The government’s inability to do this, while having constituted other important boards of the state after six good months of office, we believe demonstrates government’s lack of concern of the health of public universities. NEC of UTAG feels strongly it is unacceptable and even unethical for public universities management and administration, and the sooner government constitutes these Councils the better.”
UTAG’s request for the constitution of Governing Councils followed a suit by private citizen, Supt. Kofi Kwayera against the University of Education, Winneba, and the Education Ministry over the unlawful extension of the school’s Governing Council’s tenure.
The leadership of technical universities in Ghana had also issued a two-week ultimatum to government to immediately constitute governing councils for their respective schools.
According to them, the non -existence of governing councils in various technical universities and polytechnics is hampering the smooth administration of the schools.
In the midst of pressure on government to constitute these boards, the acting National Chairman of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Freddie Blay has asked state institutions to be patient as government is in the process of constituting the boards.
He explained that the process requires time since government will have to adhere to the constitutional provisions.
By: Marian Ansah/citifmonline.com/Ghana