Ghana to hold National Policy Dialogue on tertiary education
The National Council for Tertiary Education (NCTE) in collaboration with Ministry of Education and TrustAfrica, a foundation in Senegal is organising a National Policy Dialogue on Tertiary Education from May 8 – May 9, in Accra.
The theme for the conference theme is: “Repositioning Tertiary Education for National Development.”
President John Dramani Mahama is the Special Guest of Honour.
Speakers at the programme include Professor C.N.B Tagoe, former Vice-Chancellor of the University of Ghana and Chairman of NCTE, Prof Jane Naana Opoku- Agyemang, Minister of Education and Dr Omano Edigheji, Consultant/Advisor, Africa’s Higher Education Dialogues, TrustAfrica.
Prof Mahama Duwiejua, Executive Secretary of NCTE notes: “The programme will provide an opportunity for stakeholders in education, industry, civil society and policy-making to dialogue on the issues confronting quality and relevant tertiary education in Ghana.”
“This will help reposition tertiary education in Ghana, making it more responsive to the country’s development needs in the 21st century.”
In-depth papers will be developed from the conference themes to serve as source for policy briefs to the Education Minister for consideration in formulating government white papers on the selected themes.
There will be 125 participants from academic institutions, civil society organisations, associations, think-tanks, ministries, department, agencies, private sector, parliament and the media.
The session will be opened to the public on Wednesday, May 8, which begins at 9am.
NCTE was established by Act 1993, as a supervisory body of tertiary education in Ghana.
Tertiary institutions in the country comprise 10 public universities namely: University of Ghana, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, University of Mines and Technology, University of Cape Coast, University of Education Winneba, University for Development Studies, University of Energy &Natural Resources, University of Health and Allied Sciences, University of Professional Studies, and Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration.
Sixty-one private tertiary education institutions including three have their own charter and 51 with degree, tutorial and distance learning private tertiary institutions. Three are private colleges of education and four are private nursing institutions.
Additionally, there are 10 polytechnics, two specialised institutions comprising Ghana Institute of Journalism and Ghana Institute of Linguistics and 38 colleges of education.