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Ghana: Gov't Commits to Upgrading Polytechnics to Technical Universities
Source: Government of Ghana
Source Date: Monday, October 13, 2014
Focus: Knowledge Management in Government
Country: Ghana
Created: Oct 16, 2014

The Accra Polytechnic has honoured a total of 102 students in Bachelor of Technology in Science Laboratory and Fashion Design and Textiles production in Accra.

The 102 students comprised sixty-seven (67) representing 65.68% from the Department of Science Laboratory Technology and thirty-five (35) representing 34.32% from the Department of Fashion Design and Textiles.

The Minister for Education, Prof Naana Jane Opoku-Agyeman, who was the guest of honour for the congregation, said it was the desire of the Government and the Ministry to help the polytechnics to succeed in providing opportunities for skills development and applied research.

She said government remained committed to implementing its decision to upgrade Polytechnics into Technical Universities to create an enabling environment for students to upgrade themselves to the highest level possible.

According to Prof Opoku-Agyeman, the process of converting Polytechnics into Technical Universities was expected to take-off in 2016 to help reposition them as Strategic Institutions.

This, she said, would help train highly-skilled human resource to drive the nation's socio-economic development.

'It is important to stress that the rationale for converting some polytechnics into Technical Universities is to achieve parity of esteem with the universities without departing from the practical-oriented philosophy of polytechnic education and training the' she said.

She said the upgraded Polytechnics would be required to remain focused on their core function of training technicians and technologists at higher level to meet the rapidly changing technology-driven work environment.

The council Chairman of A-poly, Prof Joshua Alabi, said although the institution was challenged in so many ways, the governing council would continue to ensure that all the statutory structures within the polytechnic would function to its highest capacity in order to guarantee fairness and firmness in dealing with staff and student matters.

He said in the determination to excel in the fields of Arts and Sciences, the polytechnic had secured accreditation to offer two additional Bachelor Technology programmes in Building Technology and Civil Engineering.

He revealed that, the institution had purchased an additional 30 acres of land to be added to the initial 100 acres acquired for the new satellite campus at Mpehuasem near Samsam.

The Rector of A-poly, Prof Sylvester Achio, said the assessment of accreditation documents by the National Accreditation Board (NAB) was far advanced to enable the polytechnic run bachelor of technology in Procurement and Mechanical Engineering.

He said currently, the school was expanding the polytechnic guest house from the current four rooms to a three storey thirty-two room capacity structure which would serve as a training facility for the Hotel Catering and Institutional Management students as well as generating funds for the institution.

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