Public universities in crisis, govt providing no resources, lecturers having no motivation-MP
The Deputy Ranking Member on the Education Committee of Parliament Dr. Clement Apaak has taken on the government once again over what he had termed as crisis on the education sector.
The MP who represents the people of Builsa South had slammed the government over it’s failure to announce the reopening dates for basic and secondary schools.
The MP has once again raised issues surrounding public universities.
In his statement, he said the ongoing strike action by the University Teachers Association (UTAG) has generated a wider conversation regarding public education in the country.
He said the withdrawal of services by the lecturers is unfortunate however, the teachers cannot be blamed.
Among other reasons for the concerns raised by UTAG, the MP said the conditions of service for lectures is poor and that alone is affecting the quality of teaching.
He said “Non provision of teaching aids such as laptops and horrible Internet and IT infrastructure and costs, in face of Covid;
Quality of students entering the universities challenging as some have poor English and writing ability.”
Read below his full statement
Education In Crisis – Public Universities
The ongoing strike by Lecturers of our Public Universities has generated a wider conversation regarding our Public Universities.
The stalled conditions of service negotiations between University Teachers’ Association (UTAG) and Government, and the withdrawal of teaching and related services by University Lecturers is unfortunate.
However the Lecturers cannot be blamed, Government must be held to account for failing to fulfil its obligations to the Lecturers.
Below are some of the issues affecting teaching and learning in our Public Universities.
- Overburdened Lecturers due to large student numbers;
- Poor condition of service of lecturers, leading to limited focus on the quality of teaching;
- Limited research support and funding, leading to limited research output;
- Lack of adequate infrastructure; lecture halls, residential facilities, office space etc;
- Non provision of teaching aids such as laptops and horrible Internet and IT infrastructure and costs, in face of Covid;
- Quality of students entering the universities challenging as some have poor English and writing ability.
Dr. Clement Apaak
M.P, Builsa South and Deputy Ranking Member On Education