The University of Ghana Chapter of the University Teachers Association of Ghana’s (UG-UTAG) has consented with the National Democratic Congress over its plans to withdraw the Public Universities Bill if given the nod in the December polls.
In an exclusive interview with UniversNews, the president of UG-UTAG, Dr. Samuel Nkumban, reiterated the Association’s opposition to the Bill.
He stressed that the Bill is not in the best interest of tertiary institutions, hence, the need for its withdrawal.
Although they share the same views on the matter as the NDC, Dr. Nkumban says that it should be assumed that they throw their weight behind the party in the 2020 general election.
“The provisions in the bill are not in the best interest of our institutions. Now, if the NDC feels that indeed we [UG-UTAG] have a point regarding the fact that law is unnecessary and shouldn’t be passed then it is a good move from them. However, I want to reiterate that it does not mean we are supporting their manifesto,” he said.
He re-emphasized that the Bill was in contravention of the 1992 constitution.
He believes that if the Bill is passed into law, it will give room for unnecessary political interference.
“There are a number of provisions in the bill that contravenes the 1992 constitution and if there’s going to be a law that contravenes the 1992 constitution then UTAG is against it. The law seeks to give appointing authority to the president to appoint the chancellor of a university, also gives authority to the president to appoint its members of the university council including the chairperson and seven of those council members form a quorum to make decisions for the university at the level of the university council,” he added.
Story by: Grace Efia Ofua Arkoh | universnewsroom.com