Accra, June 24, GNA – Mr Lee Ocran, Minister of Education has called on private universities to implement measures to increase female admission and students from less endowed schools.
This, he said, would expand equitable access to quality tertiary education.
Mr Ocran made the call in a speech read on his behalf at the 25th Anniversary and the fourth congregation of the Jayee University College in Accra over the weekend.
The theme for the celebration was: “25 years of Human Capital Development: The Way Forward.”
According to the Minister, the total enrolment ratio for tertiary education was 10 per cent, adding that public institution alone could not admit all qualified applicants.
“Thus we see private involvement in tertiary education a welcome partnership with government to solve the problem,” he said.
The Minister stated that private institutions were expected to among other things improve quality and relevant tertiary education in terms of quality of students, structures, and teaching methods.
Mr Ocran therefore, appealed to the private universities to invest more in developing their staff to the highest level, “students admitted should be comparable to those in public universities”, he added.
He also called for self-regulatory and assessment procedures to ensure quality.
Mr John Emmanuel Donkor, President of the institute said the school has over the years committed itself to promoting the right work related adult learning.
He said the college has made the efforts to increase partners in the industry by linking training to the labour market.
He said there was the need to offer effective continuous educational courses in entrepreneur skills and small businesses management.
Mr Donkor said emphasis was being placed on entrepreneur skills and the need to develop programmes of education for the labour world.
The President hinted that the school has put in place a comprehensive programme to embrace corporate Ghana in the provision of practical experience for other academic disciplines.
He called on the government to recognise the important role of private universities towards advancement of society, saying; “we are partners in development, helping to supply the human resource, skills and training that our developing country needs.”
Mr Donkor appealed to the government to extend the Ghana Education Trust Fund facility to private institutions to cut down the high cost of fees.
In all a total number of 265 students comprising 50 males and 215 females graduated. They underwent various programmes and were awarded bachelors’ degrees, higher diplomats and diplomats.