VCs risk 20 years’ imprisonment over unapproved courses

It is now an offence, with severe penalties, for a tertiary institution in Ghana to advertise or run a programme for which it has no accreditation – and penalties include either paying a fine of not more than GHS240,000 (US$41,400) or the vice-chancellor or rector of the institution concerned going to prison for up to 20 years, or both, writes Severious Kale-Dery for Graphic Online.

The situation follows the coming into force of the Education Regulatory Bodies Act, 2020 (Act 1023). The new act has scrapped the affiliation policy. Before the act, any newly established private university was required to go into an affiliation with an existing chartered private university or any public university for a period of at least 10 years before seeking for a charter.

The commissioner of the Ghana Tertiary Education Commission, Professor Mohammed Salifu, said that “while easing the pathway to charter, we also have to make sure that people are held responsible”.
Full report on the Graphic Online site