THE DYNAMISM OF POLITICS ON CAMPUS

It is time I add my voice to the unending debate on campus, on the topic which set of leaders, lead UEW-K for the one year. Worldwide we are facing leadership crisis in business, industry, government, labour, education and even our churches and Mosques are all said to be starving from effective leadership of which UEW-K is not an exception.

We may have many people trying to fill the vacancies and take up the mantle of leadership but the question is, are they really out to fight for students interest and welfare or are out to create, loot and share?
In fact, civilization must experience progress, and progress depends on leadership. So you can see how sensitive and critical this area of leadership is. Much attention, dedication and commitment must be given to it since it seeks to address students problems and fights for their welfare.

Let me start this whole story by attempting to define who a leader is. A leader is someone who is in charge at his work place, performing the duties of leading a group of people. It all involves establishing a clear vision , sharing your vision with others for them to follow willingly, providing information, knowledge and methods of realizing this vision.

Over the past few years UEW-K has faced a lot of challenges in choosing leaders which has affected us negatively to a great extend. Because most of these leaders were resourced parsimonious and only a few were resource spendthrift.
Considering this trend you will see clearly how our only resource which is our finance has suffered because most of our leaders are resource parsimonious. In fact, we are here today because of the actions and inactions of our leaders and the caliber of people we choose to lead us.

Leadership is not about bold, big or diabolic you are is about wisdom, competence and the desire to serve humanity and leave a good mark for one self. I must however admit that diabolism is part of politics but in situation where it is extreme you must quickly distance yourself from such person's as they will have nothing good to offer at the end of the day. Such people must be booted and hooted out before they manage their way into office. Campus politics is very dynamic and flexible so you need inside knowledge and resourceful guidance before you can choose the right person to lead. Politics is a game of win or lose but you don't win an election at all cost. Just share your vision, sell your ideas and allow students to make their decisions.

We must not be giving monies , credit or even promise appointments before we support candidates. No we are above that. In fact, some of us suffered a lot before paying our school fees and SRC dues, so we must allow any greedy politician to squander, loot and share our monies. We must get value for our monies irrespective of who you are as our leader. Let's do the right thing so that we can hold leaders accountable for their spendings because it is one of the many qualities of a leader he must be held accountable. It's true everyone has a candidate he/she supports but let do our background checks well and know the people we seek to support very well before even convincing others to join us blindly as we have.

The last set of leaders we need is leaders with extreme diabolism, sugar quoted words and fake boldness and pretense just to convince us to put him/her in office to execute his devilish plans. This year propaganda must stop, dirty politics and politics of tribalism and regions of origins must stop. We are all human beings irrespective of your tribe or region we all deserve the opportunity to be leaders. And no candidate should hide behind any false and dubious ways just to seek students votes, let's come clean and do the right thing and we shall be voted for. Just be clear in your doings and allow students decide your fate.

Again we don't need media men to lead us, nor do we need people with packed CVs. We have seen SRC Presidents with packed CVs who have failed worth fully, some very bold and could bring the whole local assemble meeting to a hault even when they don't have a case. We need a committed, dedicated, visionary and above all God fearing people to lead us.

Follow students let's go back to the drawing board, think very well, subject our candidates to serious scrutiny and know why they really want power before we vote them. We deserve better services from our leaders but we must first make the right choices.

Moreover let's seek guidance and ask questions from those ahead then coupled with our own principles and beliefs then we can vote wisely.

Let's do clean politics and stop the propaganda and UEW-K shall work again. I also pray that the good Lord guide us through this elections. Students must be served and served well. Wishing all hopefuls the best of luck in your quest of seeking to become a leader. Students interest first my stands.
God bless students of UEW-K
God bless UEW-K and
God bless our homeland Ghana.

Wahidu Saaka
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Sixteen Thousand Newly Trained Teachers Accept To Do National Service

Sixteen thousand newly trained teachers have so far been registered by the National Service Secretariat to perform their mandatory one-year national service.

This followed a successful dialogue and signing of Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the Ministry of Education and National Service Secretariat on one side and the Coalition for the newly Trained Teachers, Teacher Trainee Advocates and Teacher Trainee Association of Ghana on the other side.

Earlier this month some newly trained teachers protested against government’s directive for them to perform national service, arguing that they were not been informed before completion of their respective courses at the various University Colleges of Education.

Dr Matthew Opoku Prempeh, the Minister of Education, addressing journalists at the Meet-the-Press series in Accra on Tuesday, said his outfit had done no wrong in implementing a directive established by law.

“National Service is in the law and we’re bringing newly trained teachers to fulfill the law, therefore, we didn’t do it arbitrarily,” Dr Opoku Prempeh said.

The Education Minister said the law made it obligatory for graduates from the various tertiary educational institutions in the country holding diploma and degree certificates to perform national service, without which they cannot be employed.

In view of that, he said, the National Service Secretariat wrote to all government agencies, including the Ghana Education Service (GES) to remind them on the need to employ only people who had performed their national service.

He said before the GES would employ teachers, it put prospective employees on probation for a year, while the National Teaching Council was also supposed to take teachers through an induction for a year as part of the assessment procedure to ensure that only qualified teachers were deployed to teach.

Therefore, what the Education Ministry sought to achieve was to consolidate the probation and induction so that the two exercises could be done concurrently, he said.

“So we hope that by the time they finished the national service, GES would have declared vacancies and the formal process you could be enrolled as a full-time employee would be done- your biometrics would be taken, the IPPD will be done and that is what we’re seeking to do.

“We’re not seeking to discriminate against anybody because nurses who qualified for national service are doing it and even if you have gone to the university to do your PhD and you’ve not done your service, you’ve to do it before you can be employed,” the Minister said.

The Education Minister gave the assurance that the National Standard Framework, which would serve as the benchmark for assessing the quality of education in the country would be passed soon so that the Framework would guide the assessment of the standard of education in Ghana.

He said the measurement of the quality of education is multifaceted involving the assessment of teaching, curricula, teaching and learning materials, capacity of teachers, among others, saying “the shortest cut to success and eradication from poverty is education”.

In this regards, he said, successive governments had been implementing various education reforms since 2012 to enhance the quality of education in the country and ensure that it is comparable to the best education standards worldwide.

Source: GNA

NUGS PRESIDENT ELECT, TINKARO.

Congratulations, Mr. Tinkaro Osei Asare Richmond, the President elect for National Union of Ghana Students for the 2018/2019 academic year.

Tinkaro has held several leadership positions at the students'front which has given him the experience, knowledge  and exposure to bring an end to the numerous challenges that have been confronting the National Union Of Ghana Students over these past few years.

Leadership positions he has held over the years include, Minister of Youth and Student Mobilization at the Ghana Youth Leadership Parliament, President Local NUGS University of Ghana 2015/2016, Administrative Assistant, Ghana International Model of United Nations, Director of Public Affairs and Media Relations Dream Team Africa, Head of External Affairs Committee University of Ghana SRC  2015/2016 among other positions.

Congrats Tinkaro

 

By: Adu Mensah Kwaku Jnr

adumensah20@gmail.com

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Parents making savings from free SHS implementation – Finance Minister

A parent who has a child in a boarding senior high school (SHS) in Ghana is expected to save nearly GH¢6,045 over a three-year period under the free SHS (FSHS) programme, the Finance Minister, Mr Ken Ofori-Atta has said.

A break down by the Minister indicated that the immediate cash benefits to a parent with a boarding SHS student is GH¢2,015.22 and GH¢2,115.22 for a parent with a boarding Technical and Vocational Education Training (TVET) student.
Presenting the 2019 Budget Statement and Economic Policy of Government to parliament last Thursday, he said, a total of 271,000 aged between 16 -18 years, who would have been thrown onto the streets but for free SHS are now seated in classrooms getting an education and gaining training to give them a better future.
“For the first time in our history, the whole of Ghana is enjoying Free SHS. Under free SHS, students are entitled to; free meals (Both boarding and day); free boarding accommodation; and free textbooks,” he stated.
Mr Ofori-Atta said that in 2017, the FSHS provided over 90,000 additional teenagers the opportunity to get senior high school education and improve their opportunities for work in the future.
“In 2018, as a result of the innovative double track system, we have been able to accommodate 181,000 more students who otherwise could not have access to secondary education,” he indicated.
Funding
He said government inherited over GH¢120 billion of debt at very high interest rates and even though it has brought down interest rates considerably, “we are still saddled with a sizeable amount of expensive debt.”
He said in 2019, government will spend over GH¢16 billion of revenue (over 26.6%) on interest payments, explaining that if it was able to refinance its debt at a much lower interest rate, it can make some savings that can be used to fund the FSHS.
“This amount can be considerably reduced if we refinance our debt at much lower interest rates.
A ten percent reduction in the interest rates translates into over GH¢1.6 billion in savings; almost enough to pay for Free SHS in 2019,” he said.
Other interventions
The Minister said the school feeding programme had been increased to cover 2.1 million pupils from 1.6 million and the amount spent on each child increased by 25 per cent, while the Livelihood Empowerment Against Poverty (LEAP) programme, (a social cash transfer programme that provides cash and health insurance to the extremely poor) had added over 150,000 households.
He said the share of the District Assembly Common Fund (DACF) to persons with disabilities had been increased from two to per cent to three per cent.
Other reliefs
Mr Ofori-Atta outlined that the Capitation Grant had been doubled from GH¢4.5 to GH¢10.0; teacher and nursing training allowances have been restored; and electricity tariff reduced from 17.5 per cent for households and 30 per cent for businesses.
According to him, the National Insurance Scheme arrears of GH¢1.2 billion had been cleared and provided food crop farmers with 50 per cent subsidy on fertiliser under the planting for food and jobs program.
“We have provided jobs to 100,000 graduates under the Nation Builders Corps (NABCO) across every constituency in Ghana,” he added.
Social security
The Finance Minister said in line with government’s commitment to ensure retirement income security for every Ghanaian, it had taken steps to expand social security to cover the informal sector by charging the board of the Social Security and National Insurance Trust (SSNIT) to ensure the inclusion of informal sector workers.
In this direction, he announced that SSNIT was working with government to develop a policy framework to provide informal sector workers with a voluntary fully funded personal pensions scheme which will be launched in 2019.
Source: graphics.com.gh

PRESS RELEASE ON THE STATURE OF UDS AND THE DEMAND FOR AUTONOMY OF THE WA CAMPUS.

The Upper West Regional Communication Secretariat of the National Democratic Congress has finally taken their bite on the happenings in the Wa UDS brouhaha. Below is the full press release

PRESS RELEASE ON THE STATURE OF UDS AND THE DEMAND FOR AUTONOMY OF THE WA CAMPUS.
8th November, 2018.

Ladies and gentlemen from the media, we are grateful for your prompt response to our call for attention, as we speak on a burning issue that is very dear to the hearts of the Chiefs and all the natives of the Upper West Region.

The events of the past two weeks pertaining to the stature of the Wa Campus of the University for Development Studies are very serious issues that cannot be swept under the carpet without any conscious efforts at addressing them or finding appropriate ways of mitigating the concerns that, the youth and chiefs have raised.

We wish to applaud the Chiefs, Youth and teeming crowd that poured out on the streets last week to peacefully protest against all latent steps that are taken either consciously or unconsciously to run down all gains that have been made as far as the Wa Campus of UDS is concern.

We unreservedly associate ourselves with the clarion call to halt all surreptitious maneuverings that are targeted at dismembering the numerical strength of the Wa Campus as well as the removal of all bottle necks associated with the timely release of subventions for the running of the Wa Campus and the completion of infrastructural development.

Ladies and gentlemen, the UDS was established by PNDC Law 279 as a potent growth pole to blend the academic world with that of practical community life situation, so as to provide the leverage for the development of Northern Ghana in particular and the country as a whole.

 There is no gainsay that, the institution has been very pivotal in the poverty alleviation drive, the enhancement of tertiary education as well as contributing to the course of national integration, as many students travel from all parts of this country to study in its campuses.
It is unfortunate though that, prevailing circumstances at the University defeats the principles that occasioned the Multi Campus system of the University, where social science programs were designated to the Wa Campus. 

The silent dismembering of faculties in the Wa Campus and the creation of rival departments on other campuses to run social science programs has occasioned the situation where the Wa Campus is gradually becoming a pale shadow of its original stature.
 The ripple repercussions are enormous as businesses are running to a halt, the process of national integration is hindered and the opportunities to access tertiary education is limited. 

This gloomy situation is the genesis of a public uproar from the Chiefs and people of the Upper West, against the University management and principal officers of the University who are accused of making decisions that weakens the numerical strength of Wa Campus in addition to paying no attention to the infrastructural needs of the Wa Campus. This has since underpinned the call for the conversion of the Wa Campus into an autonomous University so as to provide the enhanced opportunities for tertiary education and poverty alleviation.

In sync with The Government of Ghana’s agenda to set up autonomous public Universities to serve as incubators of development and public enlightenment, Government under His Excellency President John Dramani Mahama set up the Dr. Christine Amoako-Nuamah’s Committee in April, 2015 to see to the conversion of the three campuses of UDS to autonomous Universities. 
This decision was at the behest of the demand for social justice by the Chiefs and people of the Upper West Region.

After broad consultation and rigorous background checks, the Committee recommended the Wa Campus to be granted autonomy with its new name as University for Business and Integrated Development Studies (UBIDS), the Navrongo Campus also granted autonomy and renamed as University of Technology and Applied Sciences (UTAS), whilst the Tamale and Nyankpala Campuses remains as University for Development Studies (UDS).

The interim report on this matter was submitted to Government in May, 2016 and the final report submitted in August,2016. 

The report had received cabinet approval by November, 2016 and was awaiting implementation in September, 2017 when the appropriate legislation would have been created for it by the parliament of Ghana. 

Ladies and gentlemen, it is sad that, the NDC lost the 2016 general election, resulting to a hold up on the completion of this noble social intervention, that per all indications, will occasion a giant leap in the educational and economic infrastructure of the Upper West Region. 

The absolute silence of the Nana Addo’s regime on the continuation of the conversion process, puts the project in limbo with the associated upheavals and public tensions that are arising. In the midst of these distasteful circumstances and the disappointments that the people are enduring after the project seems stagnated for the past two years, we wish to make the following pronouncements:

That the call for autonomous Universities out of UDS is a call for social justice and must be treated expeditiously without further delay or recourse to any political considerations.
That the erstwhile administration under John Dramani Mahama has initiated the process and had almost completed almost every documentary process that is needed in the conversion.
Governance is a continum and His Excellency President Nana Addo should endeavor to complete the implementation of this project.
That government should show adequate commitment to the process by giving clear timelines regarding the conversion process.
That Government must show sufficient commitment to the course of Tertiary education in the Upper West Region, by completing all the stalled infrastructural projects that are currently dotted around the Wa Campus.

That government must intervene in ensuring the expeditious release of subventions from the Central Administration to the Wa Campus for the smooth running of the Campus.
Government must be fair and firm in the judicious allocation of the largesse of the state to all regions in the country.

Conclusively, we wish to reiterate our firm demand on His Excellency Nana Addo Dankwa Akuffo Addo and the NPP Government, to show good faith to the demand for social justice by rising up to task to continue with the conversion process that had gotten to its pinnacle before Ghanaians ceded power over to them. Thank you.

…Signed…

Puo-ire Prosper

(R.C.O)

0204852735
…Signed…

Eunice Kaminta

(DRCO)

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STUDENT VANDALISM IN SCHOOLS, WHO IS TO BLAME? – Oscar Anning

The Minority Leader of the Students' Parliament of University of Education, Winneba , Kumasi- Campus, Hon.

Oscar Anning popularly known as "Ogee" laid his statement in the floor of the house at the 4th sitting of the 12th Parliament house, condemning the vandalism, destruction and other unscrupulous act of students in our higher learning institutions.

Below is the full statement presented.

STUDENT VANDALISM IN SCHOOLS, WHO IS TO BLAME?

Student vandalism should be over. The destructions should seize. The blame is a shared one. The way forward is key.

Violence, vandalism, and destructions in our higher learning institutions is getting worse and the earlier a clear action and remedy is taken to arrest the situation, the better for us as a people.

Students these days by a way of expressing their displeasure againt certain actions and policies by the authorities of institutions tend to resort to demonstrations, a constitutional right.

Article 21(1) (d) of the 1992 Constitution provides that: “All persons shall have the right to freedom of assembly including freedom to take part in processions and demonstrations.”
The framers of the constitution in their wisdom envisaged a possibility of people resorting to demonstrations as a way of either expressing their happiness or objecting to certain actions or policies from school authorities or the government.
So here, we are getting to identify or have earlier identified that demonstrations are also not for the negative of it but at times, positive.

The question now is; should people use violence as a means to call for legitimate demands? Obviously, No.

World Health Organization defines violence as ‘’the intentional use of physical force or power, threatened or actual, against oneself, another person, or against a group or community, which either results in or has a high likelihood of resulting in injury, death, psychological harm, maldevelopment or deprivation’’.

Now, when the violence occurs at a particular place, we look round and cast incinerations on people amidst blame games, mostly, on those in authority positions.

For the purpose of our presentation, we are critically looking at the key stakeholders of such institutions/schools; the Heads of the schools, Students, Teachers/Lecturers, government and parents/society. All the above stakeholders will partly have a role to play should chaos happen in schools in the name of students fighting for their rights, therefore, one person or group can not fully carry the cross.

THE STUDENTS
Indiscipline, unpatriotism, gross insubordination, egocentrism and youthful exuberance (especially when some are under the influence of high drugs and alcohol) are all factors that cause violence and vandalism.

Students' disobedience to police guidance during demonstrations leads to violence. Before a group of persons are given the approval by the police, the two parties agree on some principal routes to take throughout their demonstration processes. So if students pay deaf ears to police's directions and guidelines, it can result to a rift between them and in the end causing a whole lot destructions.

BBC in May, 2016 reported that student demonstration in Chile turned violent as police used tear gas and water cannons to divert the march.
This is as a result of Protestants' refusal to take an alternative route suggested by police in central Santiago and hurled stones at them.

Again in Chile in 2001

Violence erupted on the streets of Chile's capital and other cities as tens of thousands of students staged another protest demanding changes in public education.
Masked demonstrators burned cars and barricades, looted shops and threw furniture at police in Santiago on Tuesday. Some attacked an apartment building, throwing rocks and breaking windows. Riot police used tear gas and tanks with water cannons to push them back.
By nightfall, at least 273 protesters were detained, including 73 in Santiago, and 23 police officers were injured,

Counsellor Lutterodt, a renowned outspoken counsellor on Kasapa FM on October 24 after the KNUST riot had this to say:

“How on earth, should students be angry and in their anger, they didn’t destroy their own clothes but the properties of the school and we are looking at them.”
This is because those items being destroyed are not theirs or their parents hence, they can destroy them.
Do you set your father's home ablaze when he fails to provide a demand? Interestingly, No. But that of the government, Yes. Because it doesn't belong to anyone.

I have always asked that why don't students set fire in their JCR or their DSTV when 'they're mad'? Maybe because they think of Champions League games. Such vandalism activities are intentional.
Students' egocentric nature has always been a a cause of violence in schools. If not in favour of them, then we need to destroy.

THE GOVERNMENT
The government is the prime owner of all public institutions and that if there is anything going on wrongly in any institution, it must hasten to act in order to early arrest a possible conflict or violence.
In the case of the KNUST recent riot which has gained the attention of the world, the government was not quick to act. However, after the worst happened, the President then goes ahead to dissolve the Governing Council of the University.
My question then is; what prevented the President from intervening from the beginning and waiting until destruction?

THE SECURITY
In some cases, the security have its part to play. Why do they watch on for students to destroy when they can apply the law? The police is entrusted with protecting lives and property so why should they watch for the very thing they are tasked to protect destroy?

THE SOCIETY/COURT SYSTEM
We live in a society of late where condemning the wrongs is almost fading out. People go about doing all sort of things that under normal circumstance should be ending them behind bars but in the end, it is either the Attorney General playing delay tactics, filing in a nolle prosequi (showing no interest) in the matter or the court delaying in prosecution processes. If this is the order of the day, then a lot more people will go about, destroy freely and walk about freely.

EFFECTS OF THE VIOLENCE

1. Cost burden on the poor parents whose wards may not have taken part in the destruction
2. Cost burden on the government in replacing the losses which such money could have been channelled into other lucrative ventures.
3. Lives are lost and a lot more people sustain various degrees of injuries.
4. Interjections in academic activities.

WHAT ARE THE OTHER ALTERNATIVES OTHER THAN VIOLENCE?

1. The use of press conferences
2. The use of round table discussions to arrive at a good conclusion because even after the destructions, that option will hold
3. Seeking redress at the court.
4. Petitioning appropriate authorities/quarters.

To conclude, there has not been a justification or evidences to show that indeed violence is a means of getting your grievances heard and resolved. Let us as students and good citizens of our motherland resist any form of influence which will push us on the streets to cause destructions. If the ordinary people who have little or no idea of the laws will destroy, it shouldn't be us as intellectuals.
Your life is supreme

Property of the state or public must be protected

The nation is ours.

Article by:
Oscar Anning
(Minority Leader of Student Parliament, University of Education, Winneba, Kumasi)

NSS Releases PIN Codes For Trained Teachers

The National Service Scheme (NSS) has released personal identification number (PIN) codes for the enrolment of newly trained teachers to begin their national service for 2018/2019 service year.

A statement signed by the Executive Director of the NSS, Mustapha Ussif, said the engagement of trained teachers on the scheme is in line with section 7 of the NSS Act 426 (1980).

According to the statement, a total of 14,956 PIN codes have been released.

All newly trained teacher are therefore, requested to visit the scheme’s website www.nss.gov.gh to access their PIN Codes with their respective index numbers, and to proceed to any branch of Agricultural Development Bank Ltd (ADB) throughout the country to pay GH₵40.00, the statement said.

Alternatively, trained teachers can also pay GH₵ 41.00 using MTN Mobile Money to activate the enrolment process.

“Management urges all prospective National Service Personnel to complete their enrolment process on or before Thursday, 16th November, 2018,” the statement added.

Source: Daily Graphic

40,000 Teachers To Strike Over Salary Arrears

Teachers in the country may embark on an indefinite industrial action, effective Thursday, November 1, 2018, if government fails to resolve challenges with the payment of their salaries.

According to the Coalition of Concerned Teachers, Ghana (CCT-Ghana), about 40,000 of their members, in both basic and second-cycle schools, are expected to lay down their tools until government settles all unpaid salaries.

The warning was contained in a Press Release issued by the Coalition on Wednesday.

“We want to let the media know that the value has been the same and none of the promises made towards payment of the salary arrears to teachers has been fulfilled by government.

“Government still owes arrears which run into millions of Ghana cedis”.

“Recently 10,256 teachers were said to have been paid their arrears but our checks indicate that many of these people were underpaid,” the statement read.

Insurance ‘Wahala’

The concerned teachers also made a case regarding deductions made by the Controller and Accountant General Department on behalf of SIC/GES Life Insurance policy in June 2018 against their will.

According to CCT-Ghana the deduction had not been refunded despite promises by the Director General of the Ghana Education Service (GES) that it would be refunded.

“Though the deduction was halted in July and August, 2018, some teachers still saw the deduction of their September 2018 payslips, a situation we find worrying.”

They argue further that an insurance policy cannot be imposed on them.

“The above situations, which have the tendency of killing the flesh and the interest of our members in the various classrooms, leave us with no other option than to lay down our tools until the issues are fully resolved,” they stressed.

Even though CCT-Ghana is unsure whether Ghana National Association of Teachers (GNAT) and National Association of Graduate Teachers (NAGRAT) would support the move, it is confident that their 40,000 force would embark on the indefinite strike.

Source: The Publisher 

‘Increase doctoral level enrolment to replace ageing lecturers’

The Minister of State in charge of Tertiary Education, Professor Kwesi Yankah, has challenged universities to increase graduate enrolment at the doctoral level to enable them to take over from ageing lecturers.

He said that was critical to strengthening university education as the country prepared to cope with the avalanche in 2020 when the first batch of free SHS graduates would be seeking tertiary education.

Graduate training

Prof. Yankah suggested that all universities should make graduate training an integral part of their education to speed up the number of doctoral level graduates they produced.

He commended the University of Ghana, Legon for expediting the policy of increasing its doctoral enrolment, leading to a high number of doctoral students over the past five years.

Prof. Yankah was speaking in an interview on the implications of the huge number of the free SHS products seeking university education in the next two years, vis-à-vis the decision by the Auditor-General to remove all lecturers beyond the age of 65 on post-retirement contract from the government payroll.

Auditor-General’s position

The Auditor-General, Mr Daniel Domelevo, recently complained that public officers who should be on retirement kept renewing their contracts, thereby choking the system.

According to him, the continuous contract extension was a contributory factor to graduate unemployment because persons who attained the retirement age and ought to give way continued to renew their contracts.

Graduate unemployment

Prof. Yankah said nobody contested the fact there was graduate unemployment, but insisted that “in the area of academia, I don’t think there is any evidence that the presence of professors on post-retirement contract has blocked the entry of new lecturers”, pointing out that there had been a huge deficit of lecturers in the public universities.

“Currently, there is a huge deficit of lecturers in many of the public universities and the universities are often given clearance for hiring from year to year,” he said.

He said even though he did not have the student-lecturer ratio, the professorial rank was a critical one for quality academic work and research within the university.

Free SHS products

Prof. Yankah said he was worried that the huge number of students expected to seek university education would require that many more lecturers be hired and wondered what would happen if the universities were compelled to let go their senior professors who were on post-retirement contracts.

He said out of the 145,000 SHS graduates who would be seeking tertiary education in 2020 and beyond, statistics showed that 70 per cent of the graduates would be entering the public universities to pursue their university education and, therefore, expressed the fear that if care was not taken, the emphasis would be on quantity and not quality.

He said the old professors were needed now more than ever to mentor the young lecturers and train the doctoral graduates in their research to enable them to acquire what was required of them to take over completely from the ageing professors.

Dilute university education

Prof Yankah was, therefore, of the view that “if we are stampeded into throwing out professors who are able and are still at post on contract, we stand the risk of diluting the quality of education in the universities as from 2020”.

Prof. Yankah, therefore, expressed worry that if the Auditor-General went ahead with his intended action, it would amount to defeating the much cherished educational policy of the government at improving access to university education.

Source: Graphiconline.com