The much advertised and controversial Public Universities Bill just after its approval on Tuesday, December 15, 2020, at the second reading stage by the Parliament of Ghana has today Wednesday, December 16 been suspended.
The suspension of the Public Universities Bill (PUB) for a thorough review comes after Vice-President Dr Mahamudu Bawumia Wednesday met with the leadership of the University Teachers Association of Ghana (UTAG).
William Quaittoo Agyapong, the Chairperson of the Education Committee in Parliament announcing the postponement said “The consideration at the plenary is suspended. That is on hold until we receive UTAG’s inputs on the new Bill.”
Speaking at the meeting, William Quaittoo Agyapong noted that the committee has provided the University Teachers Association of Ghana (UTAG) with the new Bill for its scrutiny before possible passage
“So this morning we met the stakeholders, and we gave copies of the new Bill to them to study it and make their inputs known to us and the portions that would be acceptable would be incorporated into the Bill.”, he stated.
The President’s right-hand man timely intervention to stop what opposfers of the Bill describe ‘needless’ has been commended for his quick move
“I commend Vice-President Dr” Mahamudu Bawumia for his timely intervention to stop this needless desire for presidential control of the universities”, Mr Kwaku Azar said on social media
“His intervention is not too surprising since he himself is an academic and was a professor in the US (Go Bears) for many years”, he added.
Mr Azar continued that “Public Universities Bill must not just be suspended. It must be laid to rest”.