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16.10.2008 Education

Include Private Varsities On GETFund Board

By Times Reporter -

THE president of the Students Representative Council of All Nations University College in Koforidua in the Eastern Region has advocated the inclusion of private tertiary institutions on the board of Ghana Education Trust Fund (GETFund).

Mr. Torto O. Adjah said the Private Universities Students Association of Ghana (PUSAG), the umbrella body of all the 21 private universities in Ghana should have a representation on the GETFund board in order to reflect the over 60,000 Ghanaian students who have been marginalised by the GETFund Act 581 of 2000 which focuses only on public education institutions.

Mr Adjah, who was speaking at a forum at Koforidua, said that private students like every Ghanaian, paid VAT which was the main source of funding for the GETFund and said their representation on the board would bring fair balance to the representation of the National Union of Ghana Students and Ghana National Union of Polytechnic Students which were both permanent members on the GETFund board.

He said PUSAG was seeking from the fund a quota of its educational infrastructure budget to be allocated to private tertiary institutions to pursue academic development.

He also raised concern about the posting of students for the National Service Scheme,  saying equal oppor-tunities should be given to all qualified students, whether they were in  public or private insti-tutions.