Members of the Technical University Teachers Association of Ghana (TUTAG) at the Takoradi Technical University TTU have called for the immediate withdrawal of the Technical Universities Amendment Bill 2007 which is currently before parliament.
They contend if the amendment is carried out it will expand the functions of the National Council for Technical Education to take over the functions of governing councils of technical universities.
They made the call at a news conference in Takoradi through the Takoradi local chairman of the Technical Universities Association of Ghana (TUTAG), Peter Awuni Seidu.
According to him, the Governing Council of each Technical University is empowered under section 26 and 24 of ACT 922 to enact statutes to regulate the appointment, conditions of service, termination of appointment and retirement benefits among others in keeping with best practices in university administration in Ghana.
He also explained that the proposed amendment threatens the job positions and tenures of staff of TTU as the memorandum accompanying the amendment indicates that the whole sale retention of employees in their respective positions with new titles in upgraded institutions will not augur well for the Technical Universities.
“Every university has a governing council. The governing council has functions. What is going to happen if this amendment bill is passed is that such functions will now be shifted to the NCTE which is an advisory body per the Act establishing the NCTE. So is it not dissipation of the powers of the council?” Peter Awuni Seidu queried.
He further indicated that per best practices, it is erroneous for certain actions and decisions which bother on internal administration of the technical university to come under the purview of the NCTE.
Source : ATL FM NEWS