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Are there plans for Free SHS beneficiaries’ varsity space?- UTAG queries govt

Written by | October 12, 2018 | 0

The National President of the University Teachers Association (UTAG), Dr. Eric Opoku Mensah said it doesn’t appear as if there is adequate preparation towards the future of the Free SHS program when it comes to University enrolment in the country.

He said while his outfit would contribute in shaping the way forward regarding the challenges ahead of public universities in line with the government educational policy, there is the need for a way out to be clearly spelt out.

He said under his leadership as the President of the UTAG, UTAG is positioned to contribute to important National policies through meaningful interrogation, sharing differing perspectives all with the aim of making the country better in all spheres of national life.

Dr. Opoku Mensah observed that since the free SHS has come to stay Universities have an “important immediate challenge” to prepare for the massive increase in numbers into public universities as a result of the free SHS.

 “Preparing our Universities for such a policy change is not by simple declaration but by strategic preparation” he added.

Currently, he said GETFUND projects in almost all the public Universities have come to a halt and this is worrying when existing facilities cannot even provide adequate space for current students.

“What will then happen in 2020 when the products of free SHS are ready to enter our Universities? he asked.

Dr. Opoku Mensah again mentioned inadequate lecturers in the public Universities, citing that UTAG cannot continue to make Universities competitive when public universities have to wait and receive clearance before recruiting faculty for new and expanding programmes.

Source: MyNewsGH.Com/ Asana Gordon/ Central Region/ 2018

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