The former President and flagbearer for the opposition NDC party, John Dramani Mahama in a statement has said he will repeal the Public Universities Bill should he be declared as the President in 2020 election.
John Dramani Mahama has pledged to ensure public Universities get back control of their respective institutions should the Akufo-Addo led government passes the Public Universities Bill into an Act in Parliament.
The Bill currently before the Parliament of Ghana and pending approval has been criticized by other stakeholders and the minority of Parliament kicking against the passage of the Bill into Act.
The Bill when passed will give the government the authority to appoint the majority of members of the University Council.
The flagbearer in a statement released on Sunday, June 14, and sighted by Georgeweb.org petitioned the government to pay attention to stakeholders in the education sectors and as soon as possible withdraw the Public Universities Bill 2020 from Parliament.
Mahama in the statement stated that the “Bill when passed, will not only undermine the academic innovation but will also negatively affect Ghana’s position as the preferred destination for international scholarly collaboration”
“Our academics and students need support to focus on their core mandates of creating and sharing knowledge, not a Public Universities Bill that seeks to control and undermine the independence of our intellectuals and other researchers in Public universities,” the former President added.