Education Guru and Former Minister of State in charge of Tertiary Education says he is worried about some of the programmes being run at tertiary level.
He said government has not paid much attention to the various programmes in the Universities even through budgetary allocations are made for them each year.
The former Minister was commenting on the Auditor General’s report which has flagged some programmes in some public tertiary institutions as not accredited.
“We are running a very haphazard budget, at the end if the year you submit your budgetary needs to government without making reference to the programme that you have instituted which have budgetary implications because the government may not have money for the for the programme.
“So, for as long as these propgrammes have not been recognized and accredited by byGhana Tertiary Education Commission (GTEC), it probably means we are probably over shifting the budget with the expenditure that the government has no idea.” He added
Expressing his concerns about the situation, the Minister raised questions about the integrity of some programmes.
“So I am worried particularly about the integrity of the programmes and the readiness of budgetary considerations by government. So we are just running haywire haphazardly without any regulation.”
The Auditor General cited that University of Ghana, out of the 374 courses not accredited, 14 were Diploma programmes, 80 were Undergraduate courses, 213 were Post-Graduate courses, and 67 were PhD courses.
At KNUST, out of the 360 programmes run by the University, only 61 were accredited, 190 were sent to National Accreditation Board (NAB) for accreditation and re-accreditation with 109 yet to be sent to NAB for accreditation.