The National Council for Tertiary Education (NCTE) and the National Accreditation Board (NAB) have been merged under the new Education Regulatory Bodies Act, 2020 (Act 1023) to form the Ghana Tertiary Education Commission. The Act was given Presidential Assent on August 21, 2020, paving way for the Governing Board to be appointed and inaugurated on November 25, 2020.
Establishment of the Ghana Tertiary Education Commission
1.(a) By this Act, a corporate body known as the Ghana Tertiary Education Commission.
(b) For the performance of the functions of the Commission, the Commission may acquire and hold property, dispose of property and enter into a contract or any other related transaction.
(c) Where there is hindrance to the acquisition of land, the land may be acquired for the Commission under the State Lands Act, 1962 (Act 125) and the cost shall be borne by the Commission.
Objects of the Commission
2. The objects of the Commission are to regulate tertiary education in all its forms with a view to promote
(a) efficient and effective administration and accreditation of tertiary education institutions;
(b) principles of the provision of consistent quality of service by tertiary education institutions;
(c) advancement and application of knowledge through teaching, scholarly research and collaboration with industry and public sector; and
(d) the development of appropriate human capital for the sustainable advancement of the national economy.
Functions of the Commission
3. The Commission shall perform the following functions:
(e) accreditation; and
(f) any other function necessary for the attainment of the objects of Commission.
General functions of the Commission
4. The Commission shall, in the performance for the general functions, ensure that tertiary education institutions
(a) apply the highest quality standards and relevance of teaching, learning and research programmes and outcomes;
(b) promote equitable and inclusive access to all tertiary education programmes and service;
(c) promote transparent governance and best practices, including reporting and checks and balances to ensure full accountability;
(d) promote a culture of independent, life-long learning and of scientific and technological inquiry among staff, students and wider society.
(e) promote affirmative action for persons with disabilities and other marginalized and disadvantaged group; and
(f) promote non-discrimination policies and practices.
Advisory functions of the Commission
5. (1) The advisory function of the Commission include
(a) advise the Minister on the establishment and development of tertiary education institution in the country;
(b) provide advice and guidance on the general direction of development, orientation and mission of public and private tertiary education institutions in line with national development goals and objectives and having regard to an optimally diversified and differentiated tertiary education system which shall in particular cover
(і) the programme to be pursued by the tertiary education institutions with regard to relevance of the programmes to national development;
(іі) the development and location of tertiary education institutions; and
(ііі) the establishment of new academic units in tertiary education institutions;
(c) enquire into the financial needs of public tertiary education institutions and advise the Minister accordingly;
(d) recommend to the Minister for the purpose of the preparation of the annual national education budget
(і) block allocation of funds towards running coats, and
(іі) grants towards capital expenditure, of each public tertiary education institutions, indicating how the allocations are to be disbursed;
(e) advise a public tertiary education institution on the
(і) appropriate measures to generate additional funds for the public tertiary institution; and
(іі) application for and acceptance of local and foreign assistance in accordance with Government policy;
(f) recommend standards and norms and governance, financing, academic programmes, staff costs, accommodation and time utilization, for the approval of the Minister; and
(g) advise on funding and support for the needy students.
(2) The Commission shall advise the President, through the minister on the approval and grant of a Charter to the public and private tertiary education institutions in the country.
(3) The Commission shall advise the Government on the structure of tertiary education system taking into account the need for diversification and differentiation to meet the demands of sustainable national development.
Co-ordinating functions of the Commission
6 The co-ordinating functions of the Commission include to
(a) act as an agency for channeling external assistance and funding to public tertiary education institutions;
(b) collate, analyze and publish information on tertiary education in the country;
(c) co-ordinate the planning of the tertiary education system in line with manpower needs and national development goals;
(d) create a platform for regular interaction between industry and academia; and
(e) provide a hub for mutually beneficial interaction and the articulation of national interest within the tertiary education system.
Regulatory functions of the Commission
7 The regulatory functions of the commission include to
(a) ensure the implementation of approved regulations and national standards and norms with respect to tertiary education institutions;
(b) approve the establishment of tertiary education institutions;
(c) regulate the structure of tertiary education in the country;
(d) develop policies and regulations to advance the conduct of research and innovation in public tertiary education institutions;
(e) develop norms for the allocation of grants to drive tertiary education policy based on national development priorities;
(f) undertake or cause to be undertaken, periodic or ad-hoc visitations, regular inspections, monitoring and evaluation of tertiary education institutions to ensure compliance with the provision of this Act or Regulations made under this Act;
(g)set-up and operate a tertiary education institution information management system to enable real-time access to decision-support data of all tertiary education institutions;
(h) develop and implement policy on criteria or requirements for admission to tertiary education institutions in the country;
(i) receive annual reports from tertiary education institutions three months after the end of each academic year;
(j) approve the establishment of new academic units in tertiary education institutions being mindful of cost-effectiveness and alignment with institutional mission and mandates and national development objectives;
(k) establish links with relevant national and international stakeholders necessary for the attainment of the objects of the Commission;
(l) verify the authenticity of all certificates, diplomas and degree upon request; and
(m) make recommendations to the Minister to ensure discipline in tertiary education institutions.
Accreditation functions of the Commission
8. (1) The Commission is responsible for the accreditation of
(a) public and private tertiary education institutions; and
(b) programmes of public and private tertiary education institutions.
(2) Without limiting subsection (1), the Commission shall determine
(a) the requirements for the maintenance of standards of physical infrastructure, governance systems, human resources and financial sustainability in the tertiary education sector;
(b) the programmes and requirements for the efficient and effective operation of a tertiary education institution and maintenance of acceptable levels of academic or professional standards in the institution; and
(c) the levels of all qualifications awarded by recognized or accredited institutions including professional institutions in the country or elsewhere.