Ho Poly Conducts Orientation For Freshers

Ho 2The Ho Polytechnic has commenced a five-day intensive orientation for its fresh students with a caution that the extensive freedom characterising tertiary school environment is not limitless.

Professor Emmanuel Sakyi, the new Rector of the polytechnic, addressing the students, stressed that the relative freedom of “no rising bells, time for meals and studies” represented a test of “self-discipline, commitment and endurance”.

He said they could “catch the fun out there but blend it with assiduous studies” so that they “will not leave this noble institution with regret”.

The Rector said the onus was now on the students to manage their time, food, social and religious life and dress code.

Professor Sakyi said recent occurrences of fresh students going on radio with grievances which could be better dealt with by the Dean’s Office, was misplaced and should not happen again.

“The Dean of Students and the supporting staff of his office will always be ready to be of good help and your best source of support,” he said.

Mr Ben Hoenyenugah, Dean of Students, said there were core values of discipline and respect for all which students must strive for, as the institution creates a “congenial environment for intellectual exchange and individual expression through orientation, mentoring, counselling and other exemplary programmes”.

Mr David Dzontoh, Registrar, said the polytechnic, established under legal instrument, had structures from top to bottom.

He said there were strict protocols governing the admission and registration process, and students only entered the institution on merit.

“This is an institution of equal opportunities, with no discrimination on the basis of sex, religion or political inclination,” Mr Dzontoh stated.

Mr Kennedy Deh, Finance Officer, said the polytechnic was running a cashless system and advised students to keep records of all transactions.

Andrews Dzogbetaku, acting Head of Security, took the students through safety tips developed by his outfit, including avoiding shortcuts.

He said students should also resist making or receiving calls in dark alleys at odd times and watch out for stalkers.

Mrs Patience Glauh-Jeh, a lecturer, who took the students through grooming, observed that a well-groomed person had confidence.

The Polytechnic with the collaboration of the Volta Regional office of the National Health Insurance Authority (NHIA) mounted a desk to run for three days to register all students without health insurance cards.

Other areas to be tackled during the orientation include, Library Services and Information Retrieval- Rights, Responsibilities and Obligations of polytechnic students. Operations of the Students’ Loan Trust Fund, (SLTF) and Overview of Students Affairs Section

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