By: KALD| MyKuulFMonline| July 5, 2017
The Ho Technical University (HTU) chapter of Teachers of Technical Universities and Polytechnics (POTAG) has asked the government to close down all 10 technical universities and polytechnics across country if it is unable to immediately constitute new governing councils for the institutions.
The governing councils of all public tertiary institutions were dissolved in accordance with the Presidential Transition Act of 2012, following the change in government on January 7, 2017.
However six months down the line, new councils are yet to be constituted by the President, a situation, according to POTAG, was gravely impeding the effective management of the technical universities and polytechnics.
A statement signed and issued on Wednesday, by the local Chairman at HTU, Mr. Albert Laurent Sakabutu, expressed the displeasure about the turn of events, as the long delay has left a lot of anxiety among staff and students whose promotions and graduation are in limbo.
“Our students who are due for graduation and yet cannot be graduated are getting frustrated, depressed and constantly harassing University Authorities and teachers with telephone calls on daily basis,” the statement noted
Adding that, “the June deadline given by the Minister of Education has elapsed and the Councils have not been constituted as promised and no communication has been given in that regard. Attempts, so far by POTAG, to get information regarding the status of the Councils only attracted the usual political rhetoric ‘plans are far advanced.”
POTAG is therefore demanding an immediate reconstitution of the governing councils of the universities and polytechnics to ensure smooth administration of the institutions, as both academic and other key activities of the institutions have virtually grind to a halt in the last six month.
They are also urging Parliament to take a second look at Presidential Transition Act of 2012, to give a leeway to governing councils to operate in an acting capacity during a change of government until new councils are constituted.
The statement also to reminded government to expedite action on the payment of Book and Research Allowances for the 2016/2017 Academic year due the Association Members.