Napo Commends UTAG -For Contributing To Public University Bill

Prof. Charles Marfo, President of the University Teachers Association of Ghana (UTAG)

Dr. Mathew Opoku Prempeh, the Minister of Education, has commended the University Teachers Association of Ghana (UTAG) for making inputs into the Public University Bill.

At a press briefing in Accra yesterday, the minister said that the inputs by the UTAG were relevant in shaping the Bill.

According to the minister, there have been lots of inputs which the government appreciates.

The Public University Bill came out of the Ghana Tertiary Education Policy, which was publicly rolled out in 2019. The Bill is currently before Parliament.

UTAG would not buy into the sinister agenda and is making inputs by sending a memorandum to the Parliamentary Select Committee on Education on how to fine-tune the Bill.

The position of UTAG is to help ensure that the Bill achieves its stated aim, saying it took into consideration the best practices, as captured in the existing Acts and Status, and inputs from the 10 branches of the association before arriving at the memorandum that was sent to Parliament.

In the 25-page document, UTAG made a number of proposed revisions that would help in making the Bill better for the public universities.

The minister, at the press briefing, disclosed that financial clearance had been offered to various tertiary institutions to recruit and that between 2017 and 2019 some 6,178 persons have been engaged.

He said: ‘’There is approval for post-retirement contract up until age 70 for professorial grade and academic staff of senior lecturer grade up to age 65.’’