Parliament suspends Public University Bill at consideration stage

Parliament suspends Public University Bill at consideration stage

- Parliament has suspended the Public University Bill

- It was suspended at the consideration stage to allow for further stakeholder engagements

- Chairperson of the Education Committee in Parliament said parliament was not in a rush to get the Bill passed

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Parliament has suspended the Public University Bill which was approved yesterday, Tuesday, December 15, 2020.

It was suspended at the consideration stage to allow for further stakeholder engagements on the bill.

According to the Parliamentary Select Committee on Education, the Bill will not have been passed without the input of various stakeholders.

Parliament suspends Public University Bill at consideration stage
Parliament suspends Public University Bill at consideration stage
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Speaking to the press, the Chairperson of the Education Committee in Parliament, William Quaittoo Agyapong, said the consideration was suspended at the plenary stage.

He said that the bill is on hold until the University's Teacher's Association of Ghana, (UTAG’s) inputs on the new Bill.

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Mr. Quaittoo assured that the House [Parliament] was not in a rush to get the Bill passed like people thought.

He added that the committee has provided UTAG with the new Bill for its perusal before possible passage.

YEN.com.gh earlier reported that, the Public University Bill has been approved by parliament today, Tuesday, December 15, 2020 at the second reading stage.

The bill when passed, would give the government power to appoint the majority of members of the University Council.

The President, when the bill is passed will also have the power to dissolve the University Council which will now have the power to appoint a chancellor.

The Minister for Education, Mathew Opoku Prempeh, says the Bill in its current form before Parliament incorporates almost every concern from stakeholders.

In other news, the presidential results of the 2020 general election have been gazetted by the Assembly Press, Yen.com.gh has gathered.

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The move gives the results as declared by the chairperson of the Electoral Commission (EC) Jean Mensa the necessary legal backing.

Sources with knowledge of the development at the EC said this will pave the way for those wishing to challenge the results in court to do so.

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