Bulk conversion of polytechnics advocated

Prof. Jane Opoku-Agyemang, Education Minister

Prof. Jane Opoku-Agyemang, Education Minister

The Vice Rector of the Bolgatanga Polytechnic, Dr. Samuel Alnaa has called on the government to reconsider its decision to convert polytechnics in the country into Technical Universities in phases, saying it would be better to convert all the 10 polytechnics at the same time.

Dr. Alnaa believes a phased conversion process could adversely affect the objectives of the exercise, adding that prospective students were likely to glamour for the batch of technical universities, at the detriment of education in the other polytechnics.

As part of the government plan to convert the polytechnics into technical universities, a preparatory assess of the polytechnics was undertaken after which it was detected that no all of them have the necessary facilities and capacity befitting a university status.

The situation left government with no option than to go ahead with those ready, while it supported the others to enhance their capacity to meet the required standards for the conversion.

But Dr. Alnaa, addressing the matriculation ceremony for 694 fresh students of the polytechnic here, contended it would be more beneficial to have all the polytechnics converted in bulk, due to possible enrolment problems a phased conversion process could create.

“I humbly wish to appeal to the government to rather fix the deficiencies of the polytechnics contained in the technical committee report that evaluated the various polytechnics for conversion into technical universities,” he said.

For instance, he suggested that polytechnics which have adequate capacity for certain disciplines should be allowed to enroll for those disciplines while government made efforts to support in addressing the deficiencies.

“We are girding our loins for the conversion into a technical university and we are therefore drawing up syllabi for Bachelor of Technology programme in readiness for the green light to run degree programmes,” the Vice Rector said

While welcoming the students, he warned them against negative practices such as examination malpractices and indiscipline, rioting, occultism and homosexuality, which he said could attract dismissal.

From A.A Mbord, Sumbrungu

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