Mr. Speaker, may I crave your indulgence to remind my hon. Colleagues of some two paragraphs in the memorandum. And with your permission, Mr. Speaker, I quote part of paragraph one:
“. . . The existence of our poly- technics and the programmes they offer have over the years been plagued with many problems inc luding the p lacement of polytechnic graduates in employ- ment vis-a-vis their collea-gues from the universities.
The Bi l l seeks to empower Polytechnic Councils to support the government education reform efforts and also solve the problems which constrain polytechnic education and hinder development in the country.”
Mr. Speaker, when we look at the Bill itself, clause 6 (b), “award degrees subject …”; and the important portion is, “. . . subject to the conditions that the Council of that polytechnic may determine.”
We seem to be playing the role of the Councils now. If we are now going to tell them that tomorrow read degree in this and that, then what is the usefulness of the Council? It is for that reason that this is there.
Mr. Speaker, there is enough control here. Again, the funding procedure. You may decide that because you want more of skill-based people, therefore you are offering more scholarships there, like Osagyefo Dr. Kwame Nkrumah. At a point in time he said that he wanted to ensure that we had more science and technology people.
So if you go to the University of Ghana, Legon and you are reading history, you will get sixty cedis per year and when you are doing the science-based courses, one hundred and sixty cedis per year. So when you take the half allowance, it is almost twice what you can get at Legon. These are all there. Therefore, why should we come
here and behave as though we are now making what will look like a legislative instrument to a Bill being prepared by us? If that is the case, then we should remove the clause that is saying that we are going to have a Council.
Mr. Speaker, I am convinced that there is enough restriction in clause 6 (b) which ensures that competent members of the Council will provide guidelines to the academic authorities as to what is relevant under the circumstances.