The Minority in Parliament, according to Peter Nortsu-Kotoe, Member of Parliament for Akatsi North, will hinder the administration from implementing its plan to wean public universities off the government payroll.
He predicted that if the government implements this strategy, universities will be obliged to produce their own cash by charging fees to compensate teachers and personnel, raising the cost of university education in the country.
Mr Ken Ofori-Atta, the Finance Minister, said at a press conference in Accra on Thursday March 24 that “additionally, the following measures will be implemented over the medium-term: Wean-off public tertiary institutions from government payroll and provide them with a fixed amount ‘block grant’ instead.”
“Adopt changes to address structural issues in public financial management, such as procurement and commitment control, payroll management, and human resource management.”
In response to this event, Mr Nortsu-Kotoe told TV3 that “the Minister indicated that they are going to wean public tertiary institutions off the government payroll with immediate effect.”
“What this means is that universities will be required to pay their lectures and employees.” Any group that is no longer funded by the government must produce its own funding. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), for example, has been weaned off government payroll in order to produce their own revenue and pay their employees. In the case of public universities, however, only academic user fees are charged.
“These are extremely low rates because the government pays for tuition, which is reflected in the salaries paid to lecturers and auxiliary personnel.” So, if you’re weaning people off the government payroll, you’re implying that the government won’t pay their salary. They claim to be able to provide grants. Is that funding going to cover all of the lecturers and staff’s salaries? That isn’t really obvious.
“It is an attempt by the government to privatize our public tertiary institutions so that they can earn their own revenue and compensate their employees in the same way that private universities do.”
“This will raise the country’s exorbitant cost of higher education, which many parents will be unable to afford.” As a result, as a minority, we will ensure that the government does not carry out these actions.”