The Ghana National Union of Technical Students, GNUTS, have served notice to embark on a nationwide demonstration by Tuesday, March 27, 2018, if government does not respond to the concerns their lecturers have raised about the Technical Universities (Amendment) Bill 2017.
According to the students’ union, they will also boycott lectures in protest of the Bill before Parliament which they believe seeks to cede the management of the Technical Universities to the National Council for Tertiary Education, NCTE.
Lecturers at the Technical Universities in country contend that the bill before Parliament in its current form undermines the autonomy of technical Universities, a position that the students support.
The students had previously indicated their dissatisfaction with the Bill at a press conference, during which they described the move as an “oppressive and dictatorial management of tertiary institutions.”
The President of the Union, Kamal-Deen Mohammed said:
“The battle just started because we will never sit down for this to happen. So we are waiting till Tuesday, if they fail to respond, there will be boycotting of lectures and nationwide demonstrations.”
At a previous press conference, Kamal-Deen Mohammed stated that, “Since the conversion of the polytechnics to technical universities in September 2016, these institutions are still running the same programs as they were when they were polytechnics, and have not been given clearance by the National Council for Technical Education (NCTE) to begin offering a straightaway 4-year degree program. This has largely affected the technical universities and is contributing to low patronage by applicants…”
He added that In spite of the crippling but avoidable challenge affecting technical universities, government intends to worsen the case of these institutions with unnecessary sections in the technical universities (amendment) bill 2017.
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