A three-day national summit aimed at drafting a National Vision and Plan for Tertiary Education begins today in Accra.
The National Council for Tertiary Education (NCTE), in collaboration with the Ministry of Education is organising the summit with the support of Trust Africa, Senegal.
It is under the theme: “Crafting a National Vision and Plan for the 21st Century”,
In a statement issued in Accra, and signed by Mrs. Hilda Asante, the Head of Public Relations and Documentation of the NCTE, said the summit was a follow-up to the National Policy Dialogue on Tertiary Education, which was held in 2013.
The statement said the Summit would offer an opportunity for stakeholders to make recommendations not only to inform the draft National Vision and Plan for Tertiary Education, but also propose an implementation framework.
It would also provide input into the current efforts at developing a long-term national development plan for the nation.
The statement quoted Professor Mohammed Salifu, the Executive Secretary of the NCTE as saying, “The summit will provide an opportunity for stakeholders in education, policy-makers, industry and civil society to deliberate on the sub-thematic areas of the draft national Vision and Plan document.”
The areas are postgraduate training, research and development, funding, private sector participation, diversification and differentiation”.
He explained, “This will help in the supervision, management and governance of tertiary education in Ghana and make it more responsive to the country’s development needs in the 21st century”.
About 150 participants selected from academic institutions, civil society organisations, think tanks, Ministries, Departments, Agencies, the private sector, Parliament and the media, would attend the Summit with Prof. Jane Naana Opoku-Agyemang, the Minister of Education as the special guest of honour.
Speakers would include Prof. C.N.B Tagoe, Chairman of the NCTE and a Former Vice-Chancellor of the University of Ghana and Prof. Josephus Anamuah-Mensah, a Former Vice-Chancellor, University of Education, Winneba.
The rest are Prof. Ivan Addae-Mensah, a former Vice Chancellor, University of Ghana and Dr. Omano Edigheji, Consultant/Advisor, Africa’s Higher Education Dialogues, Trust Africa.
The NCTE was established by the NCTE Act 1993 (Act 454), to oversee the proper administration of institutions designated as institutions of tertiary education in Ghana, and to advise the Minister of Education on the development of the institutions.
It is committed to providing leadership in tertiary education by also advising the Government and all relevant institutions, to enhance access, quality, equity, relevance and governance.
Trust Africa works principally through collaboration and partnership with like-minded institutions and donors and as a catalyst and a convener.
It is committed to generating and testing new ideas.
“It also strives to practice good governance and promote it among its grantees, according to the statement.