The National Accreditation Board (NAB) of Ghana over the weekend engaged with some Journalists from the Northern, Upper East, Upper West, North East and Savanna Regions in the Northern regional capital, Tamale.

The essence of this engagement was to school Journalists on operations of the Board, and dialogue to find lasting solutions to issues regarding operations of tertiary education institutions whose operations fall within their mandate.

Section of the Journalists

Addressing the media, Executive Secretary of NAB, Dr. Kingsley Nyarko entreated Journalists to as part of their duties assist the board with information to clamp down on tertiary education institutions who fail to adhere to rules and regulations set by the board through the constitution of Ghana, to regulate their operations.

Dr. Nyarko, however reminded media houses to ask questions pertaining to NAB certification and permits whenever these institutions approach them for advertisements.

Dr. Kingsley Nyarko speakingHe mentioned proper siting of school structures, adequate lecturers with required qualifications, infrastructure, good contents and standards of programs is what the National Accreditation Board look out for, before they issue accreditation to both public and private tertiary institutions.

Meanwhile, the Northern Regional Acting Chairman of Ghana Journalists Association (GJA), Mr. Majeed Yakubu, reiterated the need for media houses to properly scrutinize and ensure operations of all tertiary educational institutions have met the requirements and appropriately certified by NAB before granting them their airwaves for advertisements.

He also applauded Dr. Kingsley Nyarko and the National Accreditation Board as a whole, for their laudable initiative of engaging with Journalists. Mr. Majeed however entreated the Board to make room for more of such engagements to keep Journalists abreast with information regarding their operations for the benefit of the general public.

The National Accreditation Board was established by the Government of Ghana in 1993 with the enactment of PNDC Law 317, 1993. The legislation has since been replaced by the National Accreditation Board Act, 2007, Act 744.

The Board is mandated to accredit both public and private tertiary education institutions with regard to the contents and standards of their programmes.

Story: Patience Nawang

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