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Strengthen STLF, wean public tertiary institutions off gov’t payroll – Educationist

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Nii Armah Addy, a Management and Education Expert has thrown his weight behind the government’s proposal to wean public tertiary institutions off its payroll. Mr. Addy opined that the move will allow the government the financial muscle to engage in other activities.

Also, the government would no longer have to deal with the yearly strike by Teacher Unions in their quest to demand higher Conditions of Service (CoE).

Speaking on A1 Radio’s Day Break Upper East Show, Mr. Addy stated that for government to begin the implementation of its proposition, a number of things must be properly instituted.

First, the government must commit more resources to the Students Loan Trust Fund (SLTF) and make it more viable. This would mean that students are able to access adequate funds to satisfy financial school requirements on time.

“The Student Loan Trust Fund should be made to work. It is not lip service,” he said.

The Educationist also called on the government to address the mismatch between industry and academia so that students would be able to repay loans in good time.

“Government must create a synergy between industry and academia so that courses that are studied in universities become relevant to the industry. When students complete, they will be able to access employment to be able to pay their student loans. If we do not do that, then it becomes a problem”.
“Government has to go back and redefine industry and academia integration so that at every point, you have industry absorbing a certain percentage of students,” he said.

Mr. Addy went on to say that while he agreed in principle to the idea as espoused by the Finance Minister, there should be national consultations and discussions to be able to fine-tune the idea and also seek stakeholder support.

Meanwhile, the Campaign Against the Privatization and Commercialization of Education (CAPCOE); a committee made up of some Teacher Unions and other players in the education sector, has kicked against the government’s intention to wean public tertiary institutions off its payroll.

This would mean that government would only provide the institutions would a certain predetermined amount of money. The management of the said institutions would then have to find innovative ways of coming up with funds to remunerate their staff and manage the day to day activities of the institutions.

Earlier, CAPCOE had released a statement. In the statement, the 10 educational bodies called on the government to find alternative means of raising revenue to manage the country.

A1radioonline.com|101.1MHz|Mark Kwasi Ahumah Smith|Ghana

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