General News of Thursday, 13 July 2017
The University Teachers Association of Ghana [UTAG] has asked the government to as a matter of urgency to set up the governing councils of public universities in the country.
They are ready to resort to industrial action within the next two weeks if there is no action to that effect.
The association says the failure to constitute the governing councils is seriously affecting the administration of the public tertiary institutions.
There have been several agitations by students awaiting graduation and school management for the formation of councils following a lawsuit filed against the University of Education Winneba over the decisions of its governing council.
The University on the 13th of June closed down all its campuses following an order by the Winneba High Court. The school was dragged to court by one Supi Kofi Kwayera, who challenged the legality of its Governing Council which’s mandate expired in 2013.
In the suit, Mr Kwayera sought relieves including a declaration of all decisions and actions by the Council since the expiration of its original term as null and void. The court presided over by Justice Ato Graves Mills, granted some of the petitioner’s relieves pending the determination of the substantive case.
Addressing a press conference on July 12, President of UTAG Dr Harry Agbanu stressed that absence of the governing councils, which have oversight responsibilities for the administration of the schools is hindering the smooth and cohesive running of the Public Universities in Ghana.
He contends some key decisions such as the award of qualifications are being unduly delayed, putting graduates who require their certificates to looks for jobs, pursue further education or embark on other equally important ventures in a fix.