The National Council for Tertiary Education (NCTE) with support of the Ministry of Education has signed a $340,000 subscription agreement with Elsevier, a Netherlands based provider of information solutions to provide electronic publications and materials for the Colleges of Education in Ghana. The signing ceremony took place at the NCTE Secretariat in Accra on Monday August 15, 2016. It was attended by officials from the Ministry of Education, NCTE and Colleges of Education.

Professor Mohammed Salifu, Executive Secretary of the NCTE and Dr. Y.S. Chi, Chairman of Elsevier signed the agreement for the Colleges of Education and Elsevier respectively. The three-year contract is to provide the Colleges of Education with access to e-journals and books. It is also to provide capacity building in the form of face-to-face training for librarians and researchers in the Colleges.

Prof. Salifu underscored the importance of the facility and gave the assurance that the NCTE would help to ensure that the 38 Colleges of Education make maximum use of the facilities to improve their teaching and learning output. He said, “this initiative is a step in the right direction to help the Colleges to operate effectively as tertiary educational institutions”.

Dr. Chi on his part said he was happy about the collaboration between the NCTE and Elsevier to provide scholarly materials and information services to improve research, education and innovation in Ghana’s tertiary educational institutions.

The Deputy Director for Tertiary Education at the Ministry of Education, Mr. Cephas Mensah, who spoke for the Ministry, said the facility to be derived from the agreement would help to improve and build the capacity of teachers in the country’s Colleges of Education to produce highly productive human resource for the country.

The representative of the Principals of the Colleges of Education at the ceremony, Mrs. Christiana Bampo Henaku, Principal of Accra College of Education expressed the gratitude of the Colleges to the NCTE, Ministry of Education and Elsevier for the move to provide the Colleges access to e-books and other resources to improve the quality of their teaching and research. She said the Colleges would make the best use of the facility and ensure its maintenance.

The NCTE was established by NCTE Act 1993, (Act 454) to oversee the proper administration of institutions designated as institutions of tertiary education in Ghana and to advise the Minister of Education on the development of the institutions.The NCTE is committed to providing leadership in tertiary education by advising government and all relevant institutions to enhance access, quality, equity, relevance and governance.


Issued by Management of the NCTE


August 16, 2016