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Tertiary education council to hold policy dialogue

BY: Samuel K. Obour

Prof. Naana Jane Opoku-Agyemang, Minister for EducationThe National Council for Tertiary Education (NCTE) in collaboration with the Ministry of Education and TrustAfrica, Senegal is organising a National Policy Dialogue on Tertiary Education in Ghana from May 8 – 9, 2013 at the Mensvic in Accra.

The conference theme is: “Repositioning Tertiary Education for National Development”.

H.E. John Dramani Mahama, President of the Republic of Ghana is the Special Guest of Honour.

Speakers at the programme include Prof. C.N.B Tagoe, Former Vice-Chancellor, University of Ghana and Chairman of National Council for Tertiary Education, Prof. Jane Naana Opoku- Agyemang, Hon. Minister of Education and Dr Omano Edigheji, Consultant/Advisor, Africa’s Higher Education Dialogues, TrustAfrica, Senegal.

Prof. Mahama Duwiejua, Executive Secretary, National Council for Tertiary Education notes: “the programme will provide an opportunity for stakeholders in education, industry, civil society and policy-making to dialogue on the issues confronting quality and relevant tertiary education in Ghana”.

“This will help reposition tertiary education in Ghana, making it more responsive to the country’s development needs in the 21st century” he added.

Invited speakers will deliver 20-minute presentations on sub-themes that will be subject matters of policy documents. In-depth papers will be developed from the conference themes to serve as source for policy briefs to the Minister for further consideration for formulating government white papers on the selected themes.

There will be 125 participants from selected academic institutions, civil society organisation/ associations/think-tanks, ministries/ department/ agencies, private sector, parliament and the media. The public is invited to participate in the Wednesday, May 8 open session which begins at 9am.

NCTE was established by Act, 1993 as a supervisory body of tertiary education in Ghana.