The Minister for Education, Matthew Opoku Prempeh, speaking at the 2019 Danquah Institute Leadership lecture under the theme: “World Class Education and Imperative for the Next Generation of Leaders,” said the government would soon engage universities for the possible reduction in the time spent on pursuing an undergraduate degree programme.
He said, the government was looking at reducing the duration from the current four years to three years.
We are compelled to admit that the government through the ministry of Education has the powers to make changes in the educational sector.
All we ask for is that the matter be approached with caution and utmost goodwill, so as not to create the kind of back and forth we had with secondary education, where at one point it was three years and then increased to four years and we are back to three years.
Actions like these, in our opinion, no doubt further lead to the continuous slide of the nation’s education standard into grimmer decline.
In other climes, by the nature of their structures and practice, politicians are made to be distant from the day-to-day running and administration of tertiary institutions.
These institutions are exclusively left in the hands of professionals, who guard jealously the ethos and ethics of the academia.
It gores the heart that such is not the case here in Ghana, where it is given that the government has the power to temper with education, anytime they want.
A system where the number of years a student should stay in school, either primary, secondary or tertiary, is left to the vagaries of politicians, open the flanks of the academia to direct interference by those who know little or nothing about the business.
There are other ways the goverment can interfere in the administration of those institutions, especially the universities and other tertiary institutions to boost their international ranking.
They can do that through the provision of necessary infrastructure, modern facilities like internet, intervention funds, training and retraining of staff and overall conducive environment for learning and recreation of learning.
As it stands, there seems to be no end in sight to the abuse of the educational sector, the most abused is the second cycle, which has seen an increase and reduction in the number of years by successive government.
In the end, the students graduate with mere certificates, instead of knowledge that could impact on the economy.
Mathew Opoku Prempeh, must know that it is not always the case that the piper must dictate the tune.
The government must just stay off tertiary education, we have enough problems at the lower levels to deal with.