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Council of University for Professional Studies inaugurated

By Iddi Yire, GNA

Accra, Aug. 8,  GNA – A 15-member Council of the University
of Professional Studies, Accra (UPSA) has been inaugurated to govern the
affairs of the University for a three-year term.

The Council was
inaugurated on Tuesday in Accra by Dr Matthew Opoku Prempeh, the Minister of
Education.

It is under the
Chairmanship of Dr Kofi Ohene-Konadu, the President’s nominee; with Professor
Abednego Feehi Okoe-Amartey, UPSA Vice Chancellor as member.

Other members
include Prof Kwame Frimpong, Mr Maxwell Donkor and Ms Akyaa Afreh Arhin; all
nominees of the President.

The rest are Mr
John Selorm Kwame Agbenyo, Convocation representative; Madam Gladys A. A.
Nabieu, University Teachers Association of Ghana, Mr Kwabena Akuamoah Agyekum,
Chartered Institute of Marketing Ghana, and Mr Mark Badu-Aboagye, the Ghana
National Chamber of Commerce rep.

Others are Dr John
Kwaku Mensah Mawutor, Alumni rep, Mr Israel K. Nyatuame, Teachers and
Educational Workers (TEWU) rep; Nana E.C. Acquah of the Conference of Heads of
Assisted Secondary Schools; Nii Adotei Abrahams of the National Council for
Tertiary Education; Mr Justice Gadugah of the UPSA Students’ Representative
Council and Ms Dorcas Oye Haywood-Dadzie of the UPSA Graduate Students’
Association of Ghana.

Dr Opoko Prempeh,
who administered the Oath of Office and Secrecy to the new Council Members,
said they were required by the UPSA Act 850 (2012) to ensure the implementation
of the aims of the University.

He said it was the
duty of the Council to determine the University’s strategic direction and
monitor and evaluate its policy implementation, promote income-generating
activities as part of the University’s programme, control its and determine the
allocation and proper use of funds.

“You must ensure
the creation of an environment of equal opportunity for members of the
University without regard to ethnicity, sex, race, religious belief or
political affiliation,” he said.

Dr Opoku Prempeh
charged the Council to propose workable solutions to issues confronting the
UPSA and hailed it for not depending on government for its subventions.

He said as part of
efforts to deal with the problem of adequate funding of higher education,
government had committed itself to the establishment of a National Research
Fund for the sole purpose of funding relevant and sector specific research work
in the institutions of higher learning; adding that; “This is in addition to
the Book and Research Allowance”.

He said the
National Research Fund Bill would be placed before Parliament in October for
passage into law.

Dr Opoku Prempeh,
therefore, appealed for input into the National Research Fund Bill in line with
the Government’s new policy direction.

On the University’s
admission system, the Minister proposed that the creation of a common admission
platform by the National Council for Tertiary Education for undergraduate
enrolment would ensure equal opportunities for all and sundry.

He also appealed to
all public universities to include Diploma in Education Programmes in their
curricular, which would go a long way to empower them to give training to their
newly recruited lecturers on how to deliver as teachers.

Regarding the issue
that universities having to seek clearance from Parliament before fixing new
school fees, the Minister said the approval of fees and charges by Parliament
was in compliance with the Fees and Charges Act.

He said government
was fully committed to promoting tertiary education in the country as a means
of equipping its citizens with the tools vital for national development.

Dr Opoku Prempeh
said the Ministry had embarked upon the review of the legal, institutional and
regulatory framework of the agencies under it to ensure that their roles were
properly outlined to provide a clearer understanding of their functions and
strengthen their mandate to perform efficiently.

He cited the
National Council for Tertiary Education Act 454 (1993) and the National
Accreditation Board Act 744 (2007), which were currently undergoing review.

Dr Ohene-Konadu, on
behalf of the Council, expressed gratitude to the President for the confidence
reposed in them.

He said they would
use the Council as a tool and not a weapon for the advancement of the University
and the nation.

GNA

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