All Labour Unions of Technical Universities and Polytechnics in Ghana have appealed to the president, Nana Akuffo Addo to intervene and withdraw sections of a proposed amendment laid in parliament by the Minister of Education, Dr. Matthew Opoku Prempeh, that seeks to amend certain sections of the acts the governs Technical Universities ( formerly Polytechnics).
At a press conference in Accra today to press home their demands, the General secretary of the Technical Universities Teachers Association of Ghana(TUTAG), Mr.David Worwusi Brown said the Minister of Education, Dr. Matthew Opoku Prempeh, laid the amendment bill before parliament for certain sections of the Technical Universities Act, 2016 Act (922) that converted Polytechnics to Technical Universities to be amended without recourse to stakeholder consultation emphasising that, certain sections of the acts if amended would among other things take away academic freedom from the Technical Universities.
According to the General Secretary, the amendment also seeks to take away the functions of the Governing Councils of the Technical Universities and subject the running of the Technical Universities to the control of National Council for Tertiary Education which does not occur in any of the Educational Institutions that were converted to Universities.
He further stressed that if the National Council for Tertiary Education is given such powers to be responsible for the internal organisation of the Technical universities, it could render the Governing Councils irrelevant. They also raised concern about the amendment seeking to categorise Technical University Teachers as Interim Employees which cannot be found anywhere in the labour acts. The Unions therefore appealed to the president to act immediately else they will advise themselves.
By: Ebenezer Amponsah