Social Media Kicks Against The Return Of The Public Universities Bill

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Back in October, the controversial Public University Bill was withdrawn from the floor of parliament.

The bill was withdrawn after many criticized it for its ability to curtail academic freedom in the country.

Opponents of the bill gained the support from a lot of Ghanaians and that freaked out the government fearing it will make them very unpopular going into the 2020 General Election.

Nearly a week after the result was declared and President Akufo-Addo retaining his seat, the government has brought back the bill.

Though the Minister of Information, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah explained that the bill has not been passed, it has been read twice on the floor of parliament.

Many fear that if the bill passes in its current form, Ghanaians will lose academic freedom.

The bill gives the President the power to dissolve a university’s governing council, choose the chancellor and vice chancellor of the universities and also appoint more members of the governing council.

The council would also have adminitisrative and financial responsibilities of the universities, which also include the power to hire and fire staff of the university.

This means lecturers who hold views contrary to that of the government can be fired.

With the bill making a return to the floor of parliament, many on social media are kicking against it.

Many believe the Public University Bill is a government overreach into the educational sector.


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