Students warn Gov’t Over Proposed Technical Uni Amendment Bill

Matthew Opoku Prempeh, Education Minister.

More pressure is mounting on government to abandon plans to review the Act that established Technical Universities to cede part of its administrative powers to the National Council for Tertiary Education, NCTE.

The amendment bill which is currently before Parliament, when passed, will give powers to the National Council for Tertiary Education (NCTE) to perform functions of the Governing Councils, the Academic Boards and the Principal Officers of Universities in Ghana.

Technical University students have therefore cautioned the education Minister to back off from the amendment bill before parliament to prevent nationwide protests.

Last week, the tutors of Technical Universities begun a sit down strike and threatened to intensify their action including a total shut down of the schools in government remains adamant.

But in spite of the threats, there has been no official statement and today the national association of Technical University students have issued a two week ultimatum to the Education Minister and the National Council for Tertiary Education to, as they put it, shelf their parochial interests or face mass action.

Coordinating Secretary of Ghana National Union of Technical University, Abdul Rahman Ibrahim addressed a news conference on Monday and said  “the various councils in the Technical Universities, in the first place, can set up committees among themselves to come out with a harmonised status” and govern itself.

To him they cannot allow a different body to govern them and result in needless  bureacracies that will suppress their growth.


Source: Ghana/