The Ghana Academy of Arts and Sciences (GAAS) has asked the government to drop the Public Universities Bill.
The bill which has been widely opposed by various stakeholders in the education sector is currently before parliament awaiting approval.
In a press statement sighted by fnn24.com, the Ghana Academy of Arts and Sciences argued that the bill when passed is likely to set the institutions several decades back.
“It is the considered view of the Academy that the Public University Bill, 2020 is unnecessary and likely to set the institutions several decades back. The approach to higher education governance envisioned in Bill flies in the face of accumulated knowledge on the growth of universities worldwide and current global trends toward differentiation and diversification”.
The statement further stated that the Public Universities Bill will lead to inefficiency and ineffectiveness in the conduct of the public university business.
“There is no indication that the current laws governing the operations of public universities contribute to poor management and governance at the institutions. Neither is there any evidence that the existing laws lead to inefficiency and ineffectiveness in the conduct of the public university business. In any case, and most importantly, if such an attribution could be made, there is no reason to believe that the offending part of the respective law could not be amended as appropriate”.