A former Rector of the Ghana Institute of Public Administration, GIMPA, Professor Stephen Adei has accused the National Accreditation Board, NAB, and the National Council for Tertiary Education of discriminating against private institutions of higher learning in the country.
According to him, the two institutions are applying different yardsticks to measure similar institutions with the aim of frustrating the private institutions giving very little regards to the fact that products from those institutions are also Ghanaians. Professor Adei said this in the second of his two day lecture in Kumasi on the theme: “What makes a Good College”.
The Lectures are part of activities being used to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the Christian Service University College, CSUC. According to Prof. Adei, higher education policies are weak and haphazard while the NAB and NCTE see private colleges only as necessary evils and discriminated against. He wondered why the University of Allied Health, University of Energy and Natural Resources, the University of Professional Studies and the University of Mines and Technology whose levels of infrastructure and faculties are below standard.
At the same time, the NAB and NCTE have refused to recommend a Presidential Charter for a number of the best performing private universities to gain autonomy. Professor Adei expressed regret that the new policy is for the private university colleges to have a minimum of five Departments in each faculty saying that it is not good to use different yardsticks to measure similar institutions.
He urged the Ministry of Education to take responsibility for the overall policy facilitating higher education in the country. Similarly, he tasked the NAB and the sector Ministry to provide a national ICT backbone for all universities to encourage the institutions to adopt video conferencing as a mode of teaching and learning. Professor Adei entreated the university colleges to also put in place quality academic and managerial systems in place to ensure that the products are adequately prepared for the job market.
Professor Adei entreated mission institutions like the Christian Service University College to passionately combine academics and imbibing good Christian and moral principles in all the staff and students to develop better attitudes and behaviours. The Christian Service University College in Kumasi, is affiliated to the University of Ghana and the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology for the award of Certificates to its products.
It is currently the fifth best private University in Ghana and also the 10th best tertiary institution in the country, according to the Webmetrics. It is only degree awarding Communication Studies university in the northern sector of Ghana.