NDC to meet Accreditation Board over license for party school

Rector of the Ghana Institute of Social Democracy (GISD), a political school set up by the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Dr. William Ahadzie has disclosed intentions to meet the National Accreditation Board (NAB) to obtain license for some of its courses.
This is a sharp contrast to earlier comment made by the National Organiser of the NDC, Mr Kofi Adams, who is reported to have said the school does not need accreditation to operate.

“For now, it is more of an in-house or in-service training programme and therefore the school does not need a NAB accreditation,” he said.

The u-turn by the NDC appears to have come after pronouncement by the National Accreditation Board that the NDC does not have license to operate its National Institute of Social Democracy.
The Executive Secretary of NAB, Mr Kwame Dattey is reported to have said though the school is not accredited, it can operate since it will be awarding only certificates. He added however that the NDC’s political school will not be recognized by NAB.
Speaking on the Gold Power Drive with Samuel Eshun Wednesday, Dr. William Ahadzie said “indeed it is part of my programs to meet with the National Accreditation Board, assure them and explain to them what we are doing at the moment so this whole debate in the media about whether it is accredited or not would be put to rest.”
“When we reach a point where we (NDC) think that the programs that we are going to run would require accreditation, we will approach the NAB and get the appropriate accreditation for the courses,” Dr. Ahadzie revealed.
On Thursday, August 10, 2017, the NDC launched its political training institute to help its members understand the ideals of social democracy.
The main focus is to ensure that party members understand the principles and ideologies of the party.
Programmes at the institute will include the philosophy of the party, history of the party, history of Ghana, constitutional studies, party management, political communication, leadership skills, elections and electoral systems.
Meanwhile, the Ghana Institute of Social Democracy has opened its maiden admission for a programme in Political Leadership and Party Organisation.
The only course available now is geared towards imbibing in potential students the historical events that led to the formation of the NDC, values and principles that underpin the social democratic ideology of the NDC and how the ideology has been used in governing in different countries including Ghana.
The acting Registrar, Mr Peter Boamah Otokunor, in a statement said the course would run for a day on Friday, September 1, 2017 at the party head office.
He added that any member of the NDC or anyone who shared in the ideology of the NDC and could read and write the English language qualifies to apply before Wednesday, August 23, 2017.
By: Coffie Emmanuel/

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