Parliament announced the presentation of 82 Bills, including the Public University Bill, 2023, at the commencement of the First Meeting of the Fourth session of the 8th Parliament.
In a statement signed by its National Secretary, Dr Eliasu Mumuni, UTAG expressed deep concern over the government's persistence in pushing through the controversial bill despite widespread rejection from the university community and the higher education environment.
UTAG noted a lack of consultation or engagement with the association, the primary stakeholder and beneficiary of such regulation.
The association vehemently opposes the passage of the PUB in its current form and demands its immediate withdrawal from Parliament.
According to UTAG, the government's disregard for consultation and the concerns of the university community demonstrate a lack of respect for the principles of shared governance and academic freedom.
As stakeholders committed to advancing higher education in Ghana, UTAG urged the government to reconsider its approach and engage in meaningful dialogue with UTAG and other relevant stakeholders, including TUTAG.
UTAG emphasized the importance of collaborative efforts that respect the voices and expertise of all stakeholders for the future of public universities and the quality of higher education in Ghana.
The association reiterated its commitment to safeguarding the autonomy and integrity of public universities, advocating for policies that uphold the values of academic freedom, institutional autonomy, and quality education for all.