Withdraw Public Universities Bill – Jane Naana

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A former Minister of Education and running mate for the opposition NDC party’s flag bearer, Prof. Jane Naana Opoku Agyemang has called for the withdrawal of the Public universities bill currently awaiting approval.

Jane Naana speaking at Enchi in the Aowin constituency of the Western North region said it will be harmful for the Akufo-Addo government to politicised the management of public universities in the country.

She explained that the Bill when approved will give the central government authority in the day to day administration of all public universities in the country, a move the Minority in Parliament and the teacher unions has kicked against as they believe it will compromise academic freedom.

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The former Education Minister described a section of the Public Universities Bill which states government’s representatives will be increased on the university councils as those of GRASAG removed as step in the wrong direction.

According to her, the management or administration of a university has nothing to do with politics, hence the decision must be rescind.

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The leading member of the opposition party however advised the Akufo-Addo led government to focus on how to produce universities graduates with skills to solve the country’s current challenges.

Source: Georgeweb.org

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  1. Her statement is vague. She should be specific on what aspect of new state control that gives her concerns.Some aspect of state control is necessary to do away with the current state of research work in our Universities. Lecturers are paid research allowances and students do laborious research yet our problems only get worse. The state should intervene to fund research and ensure the outcome is fit for purpose. Much of current student research is waste of time and resources.


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