The University Teachers Association of Ghana (UTAG) has examined the Public University Bill, 2020 and wishes to submit this memorandum for the consideration of the Parliamentary Select Committee on Education.
In the Memorandum attached to the Bill, the Honourable Minister responsible for Education, Dr Matthew Opoku Prempeh, stated that “the passage of this Bill will to a large extent harmonise the governance, administration and accountability structures of public universities.”
This is in line with our observation that the Bill seeks to provide public universities with a common governance structure. Thus, in examining this Bill, UTAG sought to ensure that, indeed, the Bill will achieve that stated aim. 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.
The following general concerns are common to the issues raised by all the ten (10) Branches of UTAG: