Education In Crisis: Public Universities- Deputy Ranking Member on Education writes
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.
1. Overburdened Lecturers due to large student numbers;
2. Poor condition of service of lecturers, leading to limited focus on the quality of teaching;
4. Limited research support and funding, leading to limited research output;
5. Lack of adequate infrastructure; lecture halls, residential facilities, office space etc;
6. Non provision of teaching aids such as laptops and horrible Internet and IT infrastructure and costs, in face of Covid;
7. 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