1,715 Students Awarded HND

POLY (1)The Chairman of the Accra Polytechnic Governing Council, Professor Joshua Alabi, has asked polytechnic students to take keen interest in their personal development by reflecting on positive actions that will shape and plan their future.

“Graduates have every reason to expect their polytechnic training to be the yardstick to measure their brighter future, but unfortunately, the reality is that one’s qualification would not guarantee a decent paying job and a future of promise, due to the limited employment opportunities in the country,” he said

Prof Alabi was addressing the polytechnic’s 13th congregation ceremony in Accra last Saturday, at which 1,715 students were awarded the Higher National Diploma (HND) certificates.

He said “amidst the introduction of new courses and the immense infrastructure development, the Accra Polytechnic is still confronted with the challenge of bridging the gap, between the training it offers and the needs of industry”.

In an address read on his behalf, the Vice President, Paa Kwesi Amissah-Arthur, stressed the need for polytechnics to focus on producing technical workforces with practical skills to fill the glaring gap in the nation’s man- power needs.

He said polytechnics must have the self confidence to concentrate on their core mandate, thus producing technical workforce to encourage people to opt for polytechnic education out of choice and persue programmes with pride and have a sense of fulfillment with their qualifications.

“The polytechnics must fulfill their mandate of training the technical manpower needed for industrial development of the country,” the Vice President added.

Mr. Amissah-Arthur stressed the need for the teaching staff to be retrained in a unique way to be practically equipped with adequate industrial exposure to enable them to train the hands-on and self-directed students needed on the job market.

He reiterated government’s commitment to introduce policies which would place greater emphasis on science, vocational and technical education, by training and equipping the engineering and science departments of the polytechnics.

The Rector of the Polytechnic, Professor Sylvester Achio, announced that the school would run degree and diploma programmes in sports and health sciences in the 2014/2015 academic year.

H e said the school had also introduced a number of sciences and engineering related programmes to help it achieve government’s policy of encouraging enrolments in engineering and applied sciences.

Professor Achio disclosed that the polytechnic had concluded arrangements to purchase a100- acre land at Mempeasem near Samsam, to  build a satellite campus in order to reduce the pressure, on the current campus.

“We have set performance targets for ourselves to build upon the many and varied areas of our strength and with confidence, we hope to make the changes that will enable our performance and reputation,” he said.

Mr. Theophilus Asamoah of the School of Applied Sciences and Arts was adjudged the overall best student. By Linda Aryeetey 



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