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Teaching and learning at GIMPA has dipped -Former Deputy Rector.

A former Deputy Rector of the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA), Professor John Bright Aheto, has said the quality of teaching and learning at the school has dipped significantly over the years.

The assertion by the academician follows calls on the school to stop deceiving prospective law students who desire to read a three-year Bachelor of Law Degree at the Kumasi Campus of GIMPA.

Professor Aheto told Class FM, an Accra based private radio station, that GIMPA is no longer the star of Africa and that the institution had lost its name recognition among Ghanaians owing to a fall in the standards of teaching and learning.

Professor Aheto has, therefore, advised the current management of GIMPA to do a self-introspection, fish out the problems accounting for the dip in standards, and address them. 'GIMPA has retrogressed significantly,' he said, and added: 'GIMPA needs to go back and find out what it was doing well.'

According to the former Deputy Rector, GIMPA's brand has gone down compared to the image it had fourteen years ago. 'It has retrogressed in the sense that the image of GIMPA is not what it used to be between 2000 and 2005.'

Apart from Ashesi University, Prof Aheto said teaching and learning standards have generally dipped in all of Ghana's universities, including GIMPA. 'Teaching and learning have also gone backwards,' he asserted, adding: 'Generally, teaching and learning everywhere in all the universities have gone backwards except Ashesi University.'

The Chronicle recently editorialised that the dream of prospective law students to pursue an advertised three-year Bachelor of Law degree (LLB) programme at the Kumasi Campus of the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA) has reportedly been shattered.

According to a story the paper carried earlier, the institute had suspended a planned three-year Bachelor of Law degree (LLB) programme, which would have started in September this year. About 30 students who purchased and filled admission forms for the programme have duly been notified about the suspension through electronic mail since August 2, this year.

'The three-year LLB programme, scheduled to start in September 2019 on Kumasi Campus, has been postponed indefinitely due to national level circumstances outside our control,' the institute indicated, and advised the applicants 'to consider enrolling on our Master's in Information Technology and Law.'

The applicants also said admission forms for the three-year Bachelor of Law degree (LLB) programme had been sold out to prospective law students for three years now, but no admissions take place because it was eventually suspended.

Last year, the authorities at GIMPA reportedly blamed their inability to roll out the LLB programme at the Kumasi campus on inadequate applicants. In spite of the continued suspension of the programme at the Kumasi campus, the Faculty of Law is openly advertised on entry to the premises of the Kumasi campus.

The applicants are not certain whether the GHS250 paid, since May, for admission forms, would be refunded to them or not. In an attempt to salvage its image, GIMPA has described as 'misleading' and 'mischievous', the publication by The Chronicle Newspaper, which suggests that it sold admission forms to applicants without offering them neither the course nor a refund.

According to the Institute, its intention to roll out a law degree course in satellite campuses in Kumasi, Takoradi and Tema was put on hold.

However, GIMPA claims the fifty-five applicants who applied were asked to put in a request for a refund in writing, and that so far, only six applicants had done so.
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Publication:Ghanaian Chronicle (Accra, Ghana)
Date:Aug 22, 2019
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