The University Teachers Association of Ghana (UTAG) after examining the Public university Bill, 2020 have submitted a 25 paged memorandum for the consideration of the Parliamentary Select Committee on Education.
The memorandum is to ensure that the governance, administration and accountability structures of public universities are appropriately harmonised without tampering with the autonomy and education freedoms of the Public Universities.
“Therefore, UTAG took into consideration the best practices as captured in the existing Acts and Statutes, and inputs from the ten (10) Branches of UTAG in arriving at this memorandum.”
Earlier, stakeholders in the education sector strongly pushed against the bill saying it could potentially grant the Ministry of Education overreaching powers to interfere in activities of universities across the country.
And that would take away academic freedom and the autonomy of public universities under the guise of harmonising activities.
But, the Head of Public Relations of the Ministry of Education, Mr Ekow Vincent Assafuah explained that the draft bill was particularly necessary, as some of the laws governing the public universities were outmoded.
He encouraged stakeholders to put their concerns on paper, rather than just making comments on social media and traditional media.
In that vein the UTAG has submitted the memorandum hoping it will be “given the importance it deserves.”