Former MP calls on UTAG,NUGS, GTEC to clamp down on mushroom academic galamsey schools

The Former Member of the Mpoho Constituency has called on authorities to properly asses the upsiege of schools and various courses been offered.

Former MP calls on UTAG,NUGS, GTEC to clamp down on mushroom academic galamsey schools

A former Member of Parliament, Honourable Alex Agyekum has made a frantic appeal to the University Teachers Association of Ghana (UTAG), National Union of Ghana Students(NUGS), Ghana Tertiary Education Commission (GTEC), and interested alumni to rise to the occasion and clamp down on what he termed mushroom academic galamsey schools to give credence to certificates offered in Ghana.

The move, according to him, will restore the needed dignity that had eluded Ghanaian certificate holders.

"Let's rise and take steps to curtail this canker which is rendering our certificates almost a mere paper",  he passionately appealed. He said that when parliament reconvenes in October 2022, one of the actions expected to be taken must be inviting GTEC to explain why some schools are running without accreditation.

Also, he said GTEC must explain why some courses offered by some schools are accredited yet have been allowed to be offered by students. "...the revelations in the Auditor General's report for 2021 are showing just the tip of the iceberg. Parliament must dig deep into that report to safeguard the country's educational system", he said.

He alleged that from the report, it is evident that most of the schools in the country do not have the needed accreditation to offer credible degrees to graduates in the country. "It is rather sad that some of the schools have very good facilities yet have not offered accreditation while others that have the accreditation do not also have fitting facilities", he decried. He charged the parliamentary committee on education to as a matter of urgency ensure that the right is done to prevent looming academic galamsey.

He further urged the various universities in the country to put measures in place to ensure that they produce real professionals for Ghana's holistic transformation. Being a former Member of Parliament for Mpoho Constituency, Honorable Alex Agyekum, reiterated the urgent need for remedy.

The former Chairman of the Youth and Sports Committee and a former member Public Accounts Committee(PAC), is hopeful when proper measures are put3 in place, the educational system will be sanitized.

Report by Prosper Kwaku Selassy Agbitor