Professor John Owusu Gyapong, Vice Chancellor of the University of Health and Allied Sciences has called for a second look at tertiary education as the country celebrates its 60 years anniversary.
He said if the country wanted to develop and get to the place it ought to have been after 60 years of independence, then the structures and funding modules of tertiary institutions should be revisited.
Professor Gyapong made the call at the launch of the ninth biennial congress of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology in Ho on the theme “Re-engineering the Funding of Tertiary Education- the Role of the Alumni”.
He said for a very long time, the nation had talked about investing in the sciences for the development of the country but had still not ‘walked the talk.’
Prof. Gyapong said because the setting up of the sciences departments were expensive, private universities were shying away from it to the less expensive humanity courses at the detriment of the nation’s development.
The Vice Chancellor asked KNUST Alumni to help build infrastructure for the University to offer more opportunities to increasing prospective students.
Mr William Baah, the Volta Chapter President, KNUST Alumni, said the theme for the year’s upcoming congress was appropriate in view of how expensive tertiary education had become.
He said as alumni, they knew how difficult it was for some students to go through the system, therefore the need to brainstorm on how best to fund tertiary education.
The Congress is scheduled to come off from April 27 to April 30 this year in the Volta Regional capital Ho.