Madam Charlotte Owusu, the administrator of I-texon, an educational Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO), has observed that the perception that private universities were inferior must change in the interest of education.
She noted that the private universities were filling in the gaps, where the public universities were unable to admit students and not because of poor grades.
The administrator who was briefing the GNA at the 10th edition of the Eastern Regional Higher education fair, at the Oyoko Methodist Senior High School, near Koforidua, said most of the lecturers at the public universities were the same who lectured at the private universities.
“ It is a case of giving access to many, other than the few that the public ones were able to take.”
Madam Owusu, noted that the erroneous perceptions that the private universities were inferior and second class institutions was doing more harm than good “because many students were accepting to do programmes not of their choice at the public universities base on the image and prestige of those public universities”.’
The Ghana Higher Education Fair, is organised once every year by I-texon Ghana, in collaboration with the Ghana Education Service (GES) and the National Accreditation Board (NAB) for senior higher school students through career guidance and counseling to increase access to higher education.
The fair creates the platform for all the universities in both the public and private to market their programmes and give enough information to the students on the career path of the various programmes they were offering and access courses at the universities.
She emphasised that if government was going to provide free access to all Ghanaian children to the senior high schools, then ratings of the first class schools must be addressed by “ensuring that all schools admitted people at the same cut off point of the aggregate 36, so that no school would be forced to pick the low grade students only to be rated as second class”
The three day fair in the Eastern Region, is being patronised by all the senior high schools in the region and is scheduled to end on Saturday.