The three campuses of the University for Development Studies (UDS) are to become autonomous, the Deputy Minister of Education, Mr Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa, has announced.
They are the Nyankpala Campus in the Northern Region, the Navrongo Campus in the Upper East Region and the Wa Campus in the Upper West Region.
This according to the deputy minister followed the recommendation made by the expert committee on education that was set up by President John Mahama, to assess the possibility of the campuses becoming autonomous.
Mr Ablakwa who announced this in Bolgatanga, at the Government for the People Forum, said the decision was in tandem with the President’s vision to ensure all the regions in the country get a university.
The government would engage stakeholders in education and chiefs from the Upper West, Northern and Upper East regions, to make inputs into the interim report before making the campuses autonomous, he said.
Mr Ablakwa said to keep the identity of the UDS, the committee in its report had proposed the name, the ‘University of Technology and Applied Sciences’ for the Navrongo Campus.
He said government was developing the infrastructure of the Bolgatanga Polytechnic, the Gbewa College of Education and St John Bosco’s College of Education.
He said as a result of the importance the President attaches to technical and vocational training, government was embarking upon massive re-tooling of academic entities with infrastructure in the 10 regions.
Mr Ablakwa said the government had made the biggest distribution of vehicles totalling 500, to educational institutions, including senior high schools (SHSs) and tertiary institutions across the country
On the issue of the feeding grants for SHSs in the three Northern regions, which had sent the students home, the deputy minister said government had instructed the Ministry of Finance to release GH₵ 44 million to pay for the arrears, to enable the students to return to school latest by next week.
Mr Ablakwa expressed regret about the slow pace of work on the Community Senior High School project, and asked the contractors to work harder to complete the projects.
On gender parity in schools, he said the Upper East and the Greater Accra regions had the highest enrolment of girls in school compared with other regions.