James Klutse-Avedzi, the chairman of the Public Accounts Committee, made a suggestion that the Committee may invite the Ghana Tertiary Education Commission (GTEC) to help identify answers to the prolonged process of certifying new programs or renewing those that already exist.
At the start of the Committee’s Second Zone Public Hearing in Sunyani, Mr. Klutse-Avedzi made this statement.
Both the Report of the Auditor-General on the Public Accounts of Ghana and the Report of the Auditor-General on the Technical Universities and Second Cycle Institutions for the year ending December 31, 2021, were up for discussion at the hearing.
Murtala Mohammed, the MP for Tamale Central, and Dr. Clement Apaak, the MP for Builsa South, both members of the Committee, spoke passionately about their concerns regarding the delay in granting accreditation of programs in universities, which they believe ultimately affects students who have already graduated from high school and want to use their certificates for further studies or seek employment.
These concerns came up when the Vice-Chancellor, Registrar, Director of Finance, and other Kumasi Technical University management appeared before the Committee to respond to a variety of violations the University was accused of in the Auditor-General’s Report.
About 16 of the University’s programs are now undergoing various levels of accreditation.
The committee’s chairman took advantage of the chance to advise the institutions to submit their requests for the renewal of current course accreditation one year in advance.
In order to avoid being included in the Auditor-General’s Reports, he also warned institutions about the need of abiding by the nation’s financial rules.
Some of the other organizations that testified before the Committee were Sunyani Technical University, Al-Faruq College of Education, Enchi College of Education, and Sefwi Wiawso College of Education.
The National Council for Tertiary Education (NCTE) and the National Accreditation Board (NAB) have merged to become GTEC.