- The Pentecost University College, Accra, and All Nations University College, Koforidua have received presidential charters
- The presidential charter allows the universities to award their own degrees and diplomas
- The two private universities have met all the necessary requirements by the national accreditation board
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President Nana Akufo-Addo has presented presidential charters to the Pentecost University College, Accra, and All Nations University College, Koforidua in the Eastern Region.
The short ceremony took place at the Jubilee House on Thursday, May 28, 2020.
The presidential charters to the two universities mean, the tertiary institutions “are going to transition into autonomous universities, with the capacity, now, to award their own degrees and diplomas.”
President Akufo-Addo indicated at the event that Ghana’s education system is composed of both the public and private institutions - with the public universities established by Acts of Parliament, with presidential assents to award their own degrees and diplomas.
“On the other hand, private university colleges go through a period of academic mentorship and supervision by a mentoring, public institution for the award of degrees and diplomas. After ten (10) years, and has demonstrated sufficient capacity in governance, finances, academic matters, and infrastructural development, private university colleges can then apply to the National Accreditation Board for a Presidential Charter to enable them to award their own degrees and diplomas,” he added.
He further stated that the two universities ( Pentecost University College, and All Nations University College) have gone through a rigorous accreditation and quality assurance processes with the National Accreditation Board and have been satisfactory.
“I am pleased to announce that Pentecost University College and All Nations University College have fulfilled these requirements, and are considered to be in a good position to manage their own affairs as fully-fledged tertiary education institutions.”
Nana Addo also urged the universities to keep up with the standards and good work which got them the charter. He added that they will be closely monitored, especially in areas of concern outlined by the National Accreditation Board.
YEN.com.gh earlier reported that Central University has reduced its fees for the 2020-2021 academic year for as much as 55% in some programmes in order to provide support to parents and students post COVID-19.
Being the foremost private Christian tertiary institution in Ghana, the University Council has approved varying percentage reduction of fees for programmes in its eight schools.
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