The Minister of Education Dr. Mathew Opuku Prempeh, has said that government has committed itself to the establishment of a research fund for the sole purpose of funding relevant and sector specific research work in Institutions of higher learning.
This, he said is line with government’s efforts aimed at solving the challenge of inadequate funding of higher institutions that most administrations of the country face.
Dr. Opoku Prempeh, inaugurating a 19-member Governing Council of the Tamale Technical University in Accra said the research fund was in addition to the Book and Research Allowance.
“We are hopeful that sooner than later the much talked about research fund will begin to offer an appropriate funding regime for research work in our institutions of higher learning.
“We place huge emphasis on the continuous linkage between academia and industry and the world of work to ensure curriculum relevance, thereby reducing graduate unemployment,” he added
He also announced that the Ministry was reviewing the legal, institutional and regulatory framework of its agencies to ensure that their roles are properly outlined to provide a clearer understanding of their functions and strengthen their mandate to perform efficiently.
Dr. Prempeh further entreated the Governing Council of the Tamale Technical University, chaired by Dr. Al-Hassan Emil Abdulai to familiarize themselves with the bills and laws, as well as the many reform documents of the Ministry.
These documents include the Education Strategic Plan 2018-2030, which among other things has the goal of revising the current tertiary enrolment of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics, (STEM) versus Humanities ratio of 30:70, within the next 12 years.
Story by: Harriet Bio|universnewsroom.com