The Parliament of Ghana has suspended the controversial Public Universities Bill currently pending approval for further consultations, the Minority spokesman on Education, Peter Nortsu Kotoe told an Accra-based FM station.
Peter Nortsu Kotoe speaking on Adom 106.3 FM noted the Education Committee suggested to the government to hold on with the passage of the bill to allow further consultations, hence the suspension of the bill.
“The Committee on Education looked at the Public Universities Bill and we have recommended that in view of the criticism and the number of petitions that we have received it will be better for government to hold on with the passing of the bill because there is a need for greater consultation.”
The spokesperson further said it will be impossible for the House to consider the passage of the Bill as they have just 14 days to break for campaign activities ahead of the December 7, 2020, general elections.
“It will not feature in the bills we will be looking at for this meeting of Parliament,” he said as quoted by Myjoyonline.com
The main opposition party, teacher unions and the Minority Caucus in Parliament have since opposed against the passage of the Public Universities Bill introduced by the Nana Akufo-Addo administration.
According to them, the questionable bill when approved would take away academic freedom and the independence of public universities.
However, the Education Ministry has argued that it will rather harmonise the administration of public universities in the country.