Dr. Kodzo Alabo, President of the Sundoulous Advanced Leadership Training (SALT) Institute, now a University College, has raised concerns over the high cost of affiliation fees charged by public universities, asserting that it negatively impacts private institutions.
He appealed to public universities to be considerate in their fee structures to alleviate the financial burden on private universities.
Dr. Alabo appealed during a visit to the Director-General of the Ghana Tertiary Education Commission (GTEC) to seek advice following the granting of university status to the SALT Institute.
In an interview with the Ghana News Agency, he emphasized the challenges faced by private universities, stating, “Private universities are struggling to balance their books, basically, so if upon that, affiliation fees are also very high, then it creates more problems for us.”
Dr. Alabo highlighted the competitive landscape, with state universities expanding into areas traditionally operated by private institutions.
He noted the disadvantage faced by private universities due to lower entry levels and additional challenges brought about by high affiliation fees.
The SALT Institute, founded in 2003, currently offers several graduate programs and has submitted additional programs for approval.
Prof. Ahmed Jinapor Abdulai, Director-General of GTEC, urged the Institute to adhere to all university governing laws to avoid repercussions.