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Insufficient subvention hampering higher education – Asantehene

By
Stephen Asante/Florence Afriyie Mensah, GNA

Kumasi, July 08, GNA – The Asantehene, Otumfuo
Osei Tutu II, has advocated a review of the law that mandates universities to
remit 34 per cent of their internally-generated funds to government.

“I would wish that Parliament reconsiders and
reviews that law for the sake of the future of our universities,” he said.

He pointed out that the nation should
brainstorm to find a more sustainable funding regime for the universities.

Otumfuo Osei Tutu, who is also Chancellor of
the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), expressed
concern at how the majority of universities were finding it difficult to
properly execute their core business given the limited allocation of
funds. 

He was addressing the 10th session
of the 51st congregation of the University, Kumasi, on Saturday, and
a total of 922 students graduated from the KNUST School of Graduate Studies.

Thirty nine out of the number graduated with
PHDs, and this brings to nine, the 160 the overall number of students who graduated
from the six colleges of the University this year.

The 2016/2017 academic year saw a total of 83
doctors graduating.

KNUST, the premier science and Technology
University in the country, has since 1964 when it started awarding degrees, worked
assiduously to produce the critical human resource to spearhead development of
the nation in varied fields of endeavour.

Otumfuo Osei Tutu, highlighting on the KNUST
Teaching Hospital project, said work on the facility had delayed unduly, and
appealed to the government to initiate moves for its successful completion.

The facility, expected to augment medical
research and education in general, had stalled for the last decade, a situation
which had compelled medical students to rely on facilities at the Komfo Anokye
Teaching Hospital (KATH) for their practical work.

The Asantehene appealed to the government to
consider as a matter of urgency the request of the University to allow for the
recruitment of additional staff to enhance academic work.

He described as inadequate the high
student-teacher ratio, following the government’s directive to state-owned
universities not to recruit new staff until further notice.

“We should prevent a situation where
improperly trained graduates would be produced for the job market to the
detriment of the society,” he advised.

Dr Mathew Opoku-Prempeh, Minister of
Education, in a speech read on his behalf, lauded the University for living up
to its core mandate in addressing the science and technology needs of the
nation.

Professor Kwasi Obiri-Danso, Vice-Chancellor
of the KNUST, announced that female enrolment for the 2016/2017 academic year
increased by 26 per cent.

This was in consonance with their decision to
encourage more females to pursue higher education in science, technology,
engineering and mathematics.   

GNA

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