Education Minister, Dr. Matthew Opoku Prempeh has revealed that the Ghana Institute of Journalism, Ghana Institute of Languages (GIL) and the National Film and Television Institute (NAFTI) all do not qualify to operate as single universities.
According to him, the current government had series of stakeholder meetings on the issues and it was concluded that none of the three Institutions qualified to operate as a university.
Again, he stressed that another basis for the consolidation of the Institutions were affiliated to other Universities.
“…in fact the current government took it through another stakeholder meeting, chaired by Prof. Yankah and in fact none of them qualified to be a university. The other thing is that they all will get a degree from university of Ghana or some other university.”” he noted.
Admitting that the three were fundamental and important, the Education Minister argued that three Institutions can become schools in a university and award their own degrees.
“the three can be three schools in a university and award their own degrees…so we put it together as a college, we put it together as a university with three schools that would pass the test of NAB, they would award their degrees [and] we’ll improve their facilities for them.”
Dr. Matthew Opoku Prempeh also noted that the three institutions fall under the category of vocational and technical institutions hence the need to bring them together.
“For the mediacy, we want to put them together because they serve the same technical, vocational space so we’ll put them together as a university awarding their own degree. And we take it from there.”
The Minister of Education made these remarks at the Meet-the-Press series in Accra yesterday.
Story by: Hendrina-Rose Bawa/universnewsroom.com