The flagbearer of the opposition NDC party, John Dramani Mahama, has urged the Government of Ghana (GoG) to pay attention to stakeholders in the education sector and withdraw the Public Universities Bill 2020.
The former President in a statement sighted by Georgeweb.org said he will annul the Public Universities Bill should the Akufo-Addo government proceed to pass the Bill into Act.
“I want to, however, assure the people of Ghana and the academic community that should the government proceed and pass the Bill into an Act of Parliament, I will not hesitate to initiate steps for its immediate repeal, as a matter of priority, if God willing I am declared the President in January 2021,” he added.
The Bill currently before the parliament and pending approval when passed will give the government the authority to appoint the majority of members of the University Council.
According to John Mahama the “Bill, as it stands, does not only risk undermining academic innovation and ingenuity but will also jettison decades of scholarly excellence and adversely affect Ghana’s position as the preferred destination for international scholarly collaboration”
“Our academics and students need support to focus on their core mandates of creating and sharing knowledge, not a Public Universities Bill that seeks to control and undermine the independence of our intellectuals and other researchers in state-owned universities,” Mahama added.
The Teacher unions, the minority in Parliament, and other concerned stakeholders have also registered their displeasure in the passage of the Bill calling for its immediate withdrawal.