Private universities need GETFund support — Prof Ampomah

Prof AmpomahPRESIDENT of Knustford University College, Professor Robert Ampomah, has appealed to the government to extend assistance from the Ghana Education Trust Fund (GETFund) to private universities.

According to him, such support has become vital in helping the private universities to address infrastructural and research problems to enable them complement government’s efforts in providing accessible and quality education.

The GETFund established in 2000 by Act 581, is a public sector agency mandated to provide funding to support infrastructure and facilities for public educational institutions at all levels of education across the country

Speaking at the fourth graduation and fifth matriculation ceremony of the university, jointly observed in Accra on Saturday, Professor Ampomah said the extension of the fund to cover private universities would help to augment their operations for the benefit of the youth.

He also appealed to the government to assist private universities and colleges to secure financial grants from international donor agencies to support expansion projects by the private tertiary institutions.

Fees and interest rates from financial institutions, he noted, were exorbitant, thereby making it difficult to secure funds for their projects to enhance teaching and learning.

“Furthermore, we appeal to the government of Ghana to open learning centers, libraries, information technology centres and research laboratories at vantage points where students from public and private institutions can openly access,” he added.

Mathias Asoma Puozaa, Chairman of the Parliamentary Select Committee on Education, who graced the occasion, commended private universities for their contribution to the development of the education system in the country, and believed government would continue to provide a congenial atmosphere for them to operate.

He said government would have been found wanting without the contribution of the private sector.

“Government is interested in helping private universities and in that regard, policies are being developed to lessen the burden on the private schools,” he said.

Professor Naana Jane Opoku Agyemang, Minister of Education, in a speech read on her behalf, said government was aware of the challenges confronting fresh graduates and measures are being put in place to have them addressed.

She identified unemployment, the inability of graduates to translate what they were taught in school to the job field ,and the exploitation of graduates especially females by employers, as major problems militating against job seeking graduates.

She encouraged collaboration between academia and industry by offering internship programmes to adequately prepare students before they enter into the job market.

In all 160 students were inducted into the school, while 110 graduated in different fields of studies.

By Julius Yao Petetsi

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