Professor Jophus Anamuah-Mensah has bemoaned the perceived negativity about private tertiary institutions in Ghana, and wants both public and private institutions to be regulated in the same accreditation and quality assurance standards.
The former vice chancellor of the University of Education, Winneba, noted that no nation can develop without the active participation of the private sector hence the need for a new era of relationship between public and private institutions .
He was speaking at the 8th congregation of the Jayee University College in Accra where he is the Chairman of the Governing Council of the university.
Prof Anamuah-Mensah said with the coming into force of the free SHS, more tertiary institutional structures will be required for the first batch of the new SHS graduates to enter tertiary institutions in 2020/21 academic year.
”At the tertiary level, there are 202 accredited tertiary institutions out of which 107 are privately owned, these private institutions enrol 20% of tertiary students, a big savings for the government.
“Even with contributions made by private institutions, the participation rate (Gross Enrolment Ratio) is only 14%,” he said.
This, he said, is unacceptable for a country with an increasing youth bulge, majority of whom are aged between 18 and 22 who are not in tertiary education.
He asked government to encourage greater collaboration between public and private institutions through the use of steering mechanisms that put the priority needs of the country first.
In all, 364 students comprising 112 males and 252 females of the 2015 and 2016 batches graduated.
By Solomon Wiredu|TV3|3news.com|Ghana