Private universities will no longer be affiliated to public universities-Minister

Private universities would soon be made autonomous without any affiliations to public universities.

This forms part of the new reforms and regulations being championed by the government.

Private universities are currently affiliated to public universities and are only made autonomous after 10/years of their affiliation o the public universities.

But the Minister of Education in charge of Tertiary Education, Prof Kwasi Yankah said the requirement will no longer be needed when the National Accreditation Board and the National Council for Tertiary Education are merged.

He said: “With the affiliation systems for the private universities, some of them have not had their independence after 15 and even 18 years. We have realized that there are other ways we can do it. We are putting measures in place. It is not as if the private insitions are inferior and the public ones are superior. Whatever regulation that is agreed can now be applied to both. So when the necessary legislation is approved by Parliament, it will imply that we are no longer going to have university colleges. They will start in their own name and the degrees they are going to offer their own degrees and not by the public universities.”

The Government last week made a strong case for a single statute for the management of all tertiary institutions in the country.

Meanwhile, the Ministry of Education says it will merge the National Council for Tertiary Education (NCTE) and the National Accreditation Board (NAB).

The ministry explained the decision has become necessary due to the overlapping functions of the two regulatory bodies in the education sector.

The new entity when inaugurated will have one Director General and three deputies to manage its affairs.

The Minister said“We are merging two important regulatory bodies. That is the National Accreditation Board and the National Council for Tertiary Education. Through the laws that set them up, we realized that they are overlapping functions. So what we have decided to do is to merge the NCTE and NAB into one body. We will have one Director General and then three Deputies working together. We are doing this to reduce administrative cost and repetitiveness of functions. Some of the acts cannot easily tell which decisions of the two bodies as higher or lower priorities. “

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