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Iranian Delegation Calls on Education Minister

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A three-member delegation of members of Parliament of the Iranian Parliament has paid a courtesy call on the Minister for education. Prof. Naana Jane Opoku-Agyemang.

Welcoming them to her office, Prof. Opoku-Agyemang said issues pertaining to tertiary education were very dear to the government and everything would be done to support the delegation whilst in the country.

According to her, the government was eager to encourage private participation in the education delivery system in going forward as a country, it was therefore important to focus on technical and vocational education with emphasis on science, mathematics and language.

She urged Iran to factor the needs of the education sector, especially in the areas of medicine, engineering and technology.

Prof. Opoku-Agyemang told the delegation that Ghana had two credible institutions that support the establishment of institutions of higher learning namely the National Council for Tertiary Education (NCTE) and the National Accreditation Board (NAB).

These two institutions, she added had clear guidelines that would inform the delegation on the Charter to establish a university in Ghana.

The Minister told the delegation that one of the obstacles confronting private universities is inadequate academic staff.

According to her, what Ghana was demanding from countries and organisations that wish to establish universities is not different from other countries.

She noted that certain percentage of the academic staff should be on full time instead of a situation where most of the private universities have majority of the academic staff on part time, saying that does not augur well for quality tertiary education.

The Minister also noted that by investing in education it should not just be knowledge acquisition but should include research to produce critical minds.

A sound obstacle, she disclosed, has to do with the issue of affiliation because they do not have the charter to award their own certificates, diplomas and degrees.

Prof. Opoku-Agyemang observed that some private universities were too impatient and therefore attempt to introduce many new programmes with their curricula.

She asked for co-operation and understanding to ensure that the right things were done.

Responding, the leader of the Iranian delegation, H. E. Alireza Salimi, a member of Education Committee of Iran, said the visit was aimed at strengthening the existing relationship with Ghana in various fields particularly education and health.

According to him the establishment of the Islamic University College in Ghana was not to make profit but to support the countries higher education sector.

He also assured that fees being paid by the students would not be made exorbitant to allow for more students to have equal access to higher education.

Present at the meeting were the Chief Director of the Ministry, Mr. Enoch Cobbinah, the Director for Tertiary Education, Mrs. Wilhemina Asamoah, Director of Public Relations, Mr. Dan Osman Mwin.

Others are H. E. Mr. Narsollah Pejhmanfer, Vice Chancellor of Cultural Committee of Iran Parliament, H. E. Mr. Jabar Kouchek Najad, Member of Education Committee, Iran.

 


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