Education Minister Appear Before Parliament

The Minister of Education was on Tuesday summoned by Parliament to explain to the House why the SDA College of Education at Agona in the Ashanti Region is operating without accreditation.

The institution, which is being run by the government and the SDA Church, admitted its first batch of students last year, but is yet to receive accreditation from the National Accreditation Board.(NAB).

A Deputy Minister of Education, Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa, who represented the Minister, Prof Naana Jane Opoku Agyeman, assured the law makers that the institution would soon be accredited by the (NAB).

“Mr. Speaker, the SDA College of Education is currently being taking through the process of getting accreditation from the National Accreditation Board,” he said and it had been taken through a number of processes to enable it to obtain the accreditation.

He said the institution applied for accreditation on November 19, 2012 and its proposed name was approved in July last year.

Following the name approval, he said the institution submitted completed Institutional Authorisation questionnaire last year.

“Officials of the institution were invited to the National Accreditation Board Secretariat on November 25, 2013 for deliberations of the authorization process. The institution was granted a three- year Institutional Authorisation with effect from December 2, 2013 to among others, start or continue with the mobilization of academic, financial and physical resources,” he said.

The Deputy Minister said a list of recommendations made during the authorisation meeting in November last year, was sent to the institution a month later and noted that the institution’s comments on the recommendations were submitted to the accreditation board early this year.

He said an assessment of library facilities at the institution’s proposed site was done by one of the accreditation board’s library experts in December last year.

On May 7 this year, he said a discussion was held with an official of the college on a number of outstanding issues including the submission of institutional accreditation questionnaire, visit to the institution by members of the institutional visit committee of the board, and submission of evidence of affiliation with the University of Cape Coast.

“If the outstanding issues are dealt with, the application will be placed before the Accreditation Committee at its meeting in July or August for a final recommendation on the application to be made for the Board’s approval or otherwise in September 2014,” he said.  By Yaw Kyei

 

 

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