Regional News of 2014-05-03

Education Minister charge NCTE to do diligent work

Professor Naana Jane Opoku Agyemang, Minister of Education, on Friday, tasked members of the newly constituted National Council on Tertiary Education (NCTE) to work diligently to enhance excellent tertiary education in Ghana.

She said the future of tertiary education and the fate of graduates largely depend on the quality of decisions that the NCTE would make.

Speaking at the inaugural ceremony of 19 council members, Prof. Opoku Agyemang noted that the nation’s development depends predominantly on the diligence of work the council would make.

She, therefore, entrusted the council to consider novel strategy approaches to achieve its mandate.

She gave the assurance that the ministry would support the council to realise the objective of the policy on tertiary education.

The Minister charged the members to work closely with the ministry to define a future for teacher training education that emphasised quality.

“I appreciate your contribution so far, in this direction by the several documents you have produced to guide the migration of colleges of education to full tertiary status,” she added.

Prof. Agyemang praised the previous council for setting up the research fund, saying: “This is a lifeline of scholarship in the country.”

She also said the decision to convert polytechnics to technical universities is critical to speed up the productive capacity of the nation towards self-sustainability.

The major focus of the NCTE is to oversee the proper administration of institutions designated as institutions of tertiary education in Ghana.

The NCTE is chaired by Prof. C.N.B. Tagoe and supported by Dr. Josiah A.M. Cobbah, Prof. Ernest Aryeetey, Prof. Yakubu Haruna, Prof. G.K.S. Aflakpui, Dr. A.B. Salifu, Prof. G. Ampiah, Alhahi Rahimu Gbademosi, Dr. George Dawson-Amoah, Mrs. Sylvia Asempa and Dr. Regina Ohene-Darko Adutwum.

The rest are Mr. Bawa Nuhu Bukari, Mr. Enock Cobinnah, Prof. L.A. Boadi, Ms. Emma Ofori-Agyemang, Professor Ohene Adjei, Prof. Nii Noi Dowuona, Mrs. Vivian Amoako and Ms. Mary Kane Atigre.

Source: GNA
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