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The Minister for Education, Dr. Matthew Opoku Prempreh has revealed that government is considering the reduction of university education duration.

He said if successful, the duration for university education will be reduced from the current four years to three years.

Dr. Opoku Prempeh explained that government is planning on meeting with lecturers to discuss the possible reduction.

Speaking at the 2019 Danquah Institute Leadership lecture, the Minister noted that the reason is because all around the world, University education is for a three year period.

He said Ghana is one of the very few countries who are still practicing the four year system of University education.

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Deducing from the Minister’s speech which seem like lecturers may not agree easily, the Minister assured that government will challenge the lecturers to get the current term reduced.

Touching on the history of Ghana’s education, Dr. Opoku Prempeh recalled that initially, the duration for undergoing education at the University of Ghana was three years, with a non-scoring exams taken in the first year.

Dr. Opoku Prempeh again gave an example of KNUST and said that the duration of University education initially was three years.

He described the initial system as good even though shorter than currently, saying that students at the time were still able to attain their PhDs.

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Currently, the duration for University education in Ghana is four years and two years for a diploma course.

The Minister stated that government is working hard with the necessary agencies to have the entire years of education in Ghana reduced.

He reiterated that since Ghana is not an island, the country can survive with the reduction and still produce world-class graduates.

Meanwhile recently, Dr. Kwesi Amakye Boateng, a lecturer at KNUST revealed that some lecturers teaching at the Universities have fake PhDs.

He alleged that some of the lecturers seem to know very little about their area of specification and that informed his allegation.

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#EndSARS: NECO postpones examination

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The National Examination Council (NECO) has announced the reschedule of Paper I Computer Studies Practicals which was to take place on Monday 19 October 2020 to November 16 2020.

This was made known in a statement by the Head, Information and Public Relations Division, NECO, Azeez Sani.

Sani said the paper was rescheduled because of the End SARS protests that blocked the free movement of transport at the entrance gate into Benin City, the Edo state capital.

He further stated that the NECO delivery truck left its take-off point two days earlier to deliver examination materials to some states but has been held up in the ‘blockage.

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“This is to inform the general public and especially candidates that the National Examinations Council (NECO) has been constrained to reschedule the Paper I Computer Studies Practical’s earlier scheduled to take place on Monday 19 October 2020, 10 am to 1 pm.

“The examination of this paper will now hold on Monday 16 November 2020, 10 am-1 pm.

​”This unforeseen incident has been caused by the End SARS protest that blocked the free movement of transport at the City entrance gate Benin.

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“The Council wishes to assure all stakeholders and the general public that the affected examination materials have been retrieved intact and are in the custody of NECO’s vault.

​”While regretting any inconveniences this rescheduling may cause our esteemed stakeholders, the Council has however taken this decision in order to maintain the integrity and security of its examinations procedures for seamless conduct of the Council’s examination.”

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We Have Not Suspended Strike — ASUU

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CONTRARY to the news going around the towns that the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has suspended its seven-month-old ongoing strike, the union has refuted the claim, saying it is a blatant falsehood. The union said its negotiations with the federal government officials over all their differences with a view to finding a workable solution for normalcy to return to the nation’s public university were still ongoing in Abuja, the federal capital territory.

In addition, the union said reports on social media platforms that the Federal Government had released N30 billion for  Earned Academic Allowance (EAA) is not also true and therefore should be disregarded by the public. The Lagos zonal coordinator of ASUU, who is a lecturer at the Federal University of Agriculture Abeokuta (FUNAAB), Profesor Olusiji  Sowande, told Saturday Tribune in an exclusive interview on Friday evening that he was not aware of such strike suspension, noting that suspension or calling off of industrial action by ASUU had a procedure.

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Explaining the procedures also in a separate interview with Saturday Tribune, the chairman of ASUU at University of  Lagos (UNILAG), Akoka, Dr Dele Ashiru, said it was only the National We have not suspended strike —ASUU Executive  Council (NEC) of the union that had the constitutional power to suspend or call off the strike which must also be subjected to the congress.

 

According to him, the ASUU president had no unilateral power to suspend or call off the strike as the occupier of the office was not the one (but the congress) that declared the strike in the first instance.

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“So, ASUU is not Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) that goes to meetings and takes decisions that concern all members right at the venue of the meeting without tabling such before the NEC, let alone the congress, “ he stressed. Ashiru explained further that whatever the Federal Government put on the negotiation table with ASUU representatives at the meeting would still be referred to the congress of the various branches before the final decision would be taken.

He said the N30 billion that the federal government said it would pay as earned allowances was a promise due for payment next January.

He said government and the society were not being fair to the lecturers, saying “no professor in Nigeria earns up to  500,000 as salary monthly while a political office holder earns as much as over N10 million monthly.

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“So, ASUU strike is still solidly ongoing,” he stressed.

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