By: Dominc Kojo Blay

Tertiary education experts in Ghana have met at a one day validation conference to expressed concern about the spate at which money has taking center stage in recent days rather than the provision of
quality tuition particularly in the tertiary level..


The participants, made up of academic experts converged at the University of Professional Studies, UPSA in Accra to review a two year research on Higher Education Quality Assurance Practices in Ghana.

Making his presentation during a panel discussion, the Director of quality Assurance and the Dean, School of Applied Science, Central University College, Professor Frederick K. Roderick, noted that the
essence of quality assurance was for educational institutions to make themselves and their students very relevant for the job market.

He said educational institutions must consider key issues such as the qualification of the academic staff, the governance structure and look beyond the internal quality assurance if, they were to stand out.

Prof. Roderick called on supervisory bodies and institutions charged with the responsibility of accrediting and monitoring the activities of educational institutions to ensure they operated within the standards.

He attributed the high unemployment rate in the country to low academic performance, which he stated was as a result of the low quality of the educational system in the country.

Prof. Roderick observed that many educational institutions were running similar programmes, which include marketing, Business, Human Resource and the likes, leaving Science and Technology which had the
capacity to turn around the fortunes of Ghana.

During his submission, the Executive Secretary of the National Accreditation Board (NAB), Professor Kofi Awusabo-Asare, observed that no single individual was useless in society since every person was

He further argued that university education was not the sole remedy to a success of an individual, he mentioned that it was the responsibility of educational institutions to identify individual
talents and guide students to nurture it too.

According to him, it is not not an obligation of educational institutions to teach students with regards to undergoing successful job interviews as well as the operation of an industrial machines but,
the duty of industries to train the graduates on how to operate certain devices in order to help them fit into the organization, he added.

The vice chancellor of the University of Professional Studies, Accra, (UPSA) Professor Joshua Alabi, pointed out the difficulty in educating students to attain higher reach in academia, he explained that job training was very critical for every organization which wanted to survive in this competitive world.

According to him, the framework is the product of a study into the factors that promote and constrain quality assurance practices in higher education in Ghana undertaken by the National Working Group
under the Council for the Development of Social Research in Africa (CODESRIA)’s higher Education Leadership Programme (HELP).

The participants were drawn from National Accreditation Board, National Council for Tertiary Education, Minisitry of Education and Heads of private and public Universities.

Professor Alabi noted that UPSA was the first in Ghana to start a master?s programme in auditing, and the first in Africa to start masters in quality Assurance.

He was optimistic that the University of Professional Studies would gain the highest form of national and international recognition in the coming years.


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