The University Teachers Association of Ghana (UTAG), has kicked against the decision by the Ghana Tertiary Education Commission (GTEC) to suspend accreditation of new academic programmes for all public universities.
National President of UTAG, Prof Mamudu Akudugu delivering his inaugural address at the 21st Biennial UTAG National Congress in Tamale, said the decision was not in the interest of tertiary education in the country.
“The world is evolving so rapidly that our academic programming must continuously evolve to keep pace. So, for a regulator to decide that it will stop accrediting new academic programmes, is a case of putting rot in the spokes of success,” he said.
The Teachers Association Professor asserted that the universities always applied for accreditation for new academic programmes, adding it was GTEC, which always delayed in issuing certificates of accreditation for the programmes.
He called on the Ghana Tertiary Education Commission (GTEC) to fix its problems to expedite work on applications for programme accreditation rather than put the blame on the universities, saying,
“We believe that GTEC is probably poorly resourced and so they should demand that they be better resourced to perform their duties,” Prof Akudugu said as quoted by Ghana News Agency in a blog post sighted by AcademicWeek.
He said, moving forward, UTAG would demand a review or an amendment of the GTEC Act (Act 1023) because “It has made the Director-General of GTEC the headmaster of Vice-Chancellors and this is not a productive arrangement for our universities.
Professor Akudugu spoke about industrial harmony and called on the Government to implement without any further delay the negotiated conditions of service of UTAG members.
On the theme “Labour Unionism and Socio-economic Transformation in Ghana: Can UTAG be the Pacesetter? Mamudu urged the government to allow the universities the space to innovate in their academic programming and sustain our academic freedom.”
The 21st Biennial UTAG Congress, attended by UTAG executives from all public universities across the country, was to take important decisions for the way forward of UTAG as well as swear into office its new leadership.