BRIEF HISTORY OF GHANA TERTIARY EDUCATION COMMISSION (GTEC)

Ghana Tertiary Education Commission (GTEC) was established by the Education Regulatory Bodies Act, 2020 (Act 1023) which repealed the National Council for Tertiary Education Act 1993 (Act 454) and the National Accreditation Board Act, 2007 (Act 744).

GTEC, an amalgamation of National Council for Tertiary Education and National Accreditation Board has the mandate to regulate tertiary education in all its forms in Ghana.

Erstwhile National Council for Tertiary Education (NCTE)

NCTE the body which was responsible for higher education policy in Ghana underwent several transformations. Established in 1962, a National Council for Higher Education (NCHE) was entrusted with policy matters relating to universities and other related bodies. Following a change in Government in 1966, the Council was dissolved and its Secretariat became the Higher Education Division of the Ministry of Education. The NCHE was re-established in 1969 by NLCD 401 following recommendations of an Education Review Committee and dissolved again in 1983 and its functions transferred to the Higher Education Division of the then Ministry of Education and Culture.

In 1986, Government appointed a University Rationalisation Committee (URC) to advise on a university sector development plan for Ghana. The URC Report recommended the establishment of an independent tertiary body to advise on tertiary education under which all tertiary institutions would operate, leading to the establishment of the National Council for Tertiary Education by Act of Parliament, NCTE Act, 1993 (Act 454) as one of the Article 71 bodies under the 1992 Constitution.

The following were the Chairmen and Executive Secretaries of Council since 1993:

Prof. K. Boafo Arthur 2017 - 2020

Prof. C. N. B. Tagoe 2012 – 2017

Prof. F.O. Kwami 2009 – To 2012

Dr Kobina Quansah 2004 – 2008

Prof. George Benneh 1998 – 2004

Dr. T.O. Osae 1995 – 1997

Acting Chairman

Caseley- Hayford 1994 – 1995

Executive Secretaries

Prof. Mohammed Salifu 2016 - 2020

Prof. Mahama Duwiejua 2010 – 2016

Mr. Paul Effah 1999 – 2010

Prof. A.N. Deheer- Amissah 1995 – 1999

Erstwhile National Accreditation Board (NAB)

The National Accreditation Board was established in 1993 by PNDC Law 317, 1993, as an agency of the Ministry of Education. This was replaced by the National Accreditation Board Act, 2007, Act 744 which was operationalized by Legislative Instrument (LI) 1984. The recommendation stated that the Board be formed to contribute to the furtherance of better management of tertiary education. The establishment of NAB was part of Government’s bigger agenda to increase access and to enhance the knowledge base and the skill set of its population for economic transformation.

The following were the Chairmen and Executive Secretaries of the Board since 1993:

Prof Kofi Awusabo –Asare 2017-2020

Prof Joseph Ghartey Ampiah 2014 – 2016

Prof. Daniel Akyeampong 2009 - 2014

Prof J.S.K Ayim 2004-2009

Prof Daniel Akyeampong 1994-2004

Executive Secretaries

Dr Kingsley Nyarko 2018-2020

Kwame Dattey 2003-2018

Mr Nikoi Kotey 1995-2003