Dean of Center for International Education and Collaboration (CIEC) at the University of Professional Studies (UPS), Professor Goski Alabi has questioned the affiliation system practiced in Ghana where private Universities are placed under the auspices of government Universities.
Speaking at her maiden inaugural lecture at the UPS in Accra, Prof Goski Alabi described the affiliation system as an income generating mechanism rather than quality assurance process.
He asserted that the exorbitant charges paid as affiliation fee by Private Universities to mentoring Universities undermine the quality of Education given to students in the country.
‘It is my conceded opinion that affiliation is more of an income generation system for the Mentoring Public institutions in the Ghana than a quality assurance process’
According to Prof. Goski, affiliation fee ranges from 10,000 to 15, 000 dollars as a one-off fee in addition to 2,000 to 5,000 paid annually for each program run in the private Universities.
‘Let me put on record that from 10,000 to 15, 000 dollars as a one off fee in addition to 2,000 to 5,000 dollars per programme per year besides other costs. The current stringent accreditation system we have in Ghana the value truly stares at us at the face.’
Tracing the origin of affiliation back in history, Prof Goski observed that its colonial concept that is has lost its relevance in time.