Technical University students threaten gov’t over non-existent Governing Councils

The leadership of Technical Universities in Ghana, has issued a 2-week ultimatum to the government to immediately constitute governing councils for their respective schools.

According to them, the non-existence of governing councils in the various Technical Universities and Polytechnics is hampering the smooth administration of their schools.

A statement issued by the Ghana National Union of Technical Students and copied to, said students who had completed their programs of study in 2017, were yet to be awarded their certificates because there was no Council to sign them.

“The Ghana National Union of Technical Students (GNUTS), formerly, Ghana National Union of Polytechnic Students (GNUPS) is utterly disappointed in the failure of the government to put up the governing Councils of the various Technical Universities and Polytechnics in the country.

“The absence of the governing Councils is significantly hampering the smooth operations of these institutions. Students who have successfully completed their programs of study for a year now have no certificates due to the inability of these Institutions to organise graduation ceremonies to award certificates. This, of course, is as result of the absence of a governing Council, which has that mandate,” the statement said.

“The fate of these students remains in limbo whilst authorities sit unconcerned. This is absolutely unacceptable and we demand that the right steps be taken with immediate effect. It is also worthy of note that, a lot of these graduates are on the verge of finishing their national service and get into the world of work,” the statement added.

GNUTS earlier last month petitioned the Ministry of Education and the National Council for Tertiary Education (NCTE), to as a matter of urgency, facilitate the formation of the Governing Councils of the Technical  Universities and Polytechnics, but no action has been taken.

According to GNUTS, the government must act immediately on the matter or it “shall be compelled to advise ourselves.”

Meanwhile, the University of Education is currently in court after it was sued by a private citizen for allowing its Council whose tenure had expired to continue discharging its roles.

According to the plaintiff, it was illegal for the council members to hold themselves as such therefore any decision it has taken is illegal.

By: Jonas Nyabor/

Published on 19 June 2017 | 5:58 am at Source