Polytechnic graduates in the country have been challenged to use the skills and knowledge acquired to create jobs for themselves rather than seeking non-existent government work.
The Chairman of the governing council of the Tamale Polytechnic, Dr. Abdulai Salifu, who made the call, advised the polytechnic graduates not to wait to be employed into white collar jobs. He said “go out and use your knowledge to create jobs; be your own employers and create opportunities for others to earn an income as well”.
Dr. Salifu, who was speaking at the ninth congregation of Tamale Polytechnic, in Tamale over the weekend lamented that graduates of polytechnics abandoned the skills acquired at school and were searching for jobs at the ministries and other government agencies.
Dr. Salifu gave the hint that the polytechnic would set up a quality assurance unit to improve teaching and learning.
He explained that the unit would help ensure that only qualified students are admitted into the Tamale Polytechnic.
The Rector of the Polytechnic, Professor Abdulai Salifu Asuro, said the educational institution would, next academic year, introduce Bachelor of Technology in Hotel, Catering and Tourism Management, B- Tech in Agricultural Engineering B-Tech in Mechanical Engineering and Business Management
He also said the Polytechnic will introduce more industry specific specialised programmes to cater for the industrial need towards national development.
Prof Asuro indicated that in the 2014/2015 academic year, the polytechnic has introduced more programmes.
He mentioned Higher National Diploma (HND) Fashion, modelling and design and Bachelor of Technology in Accounting with Computing.
He advised graduates to refrain from the ‘get-rich quick’ attitude, especially ‘Sakawa,’ which can lead them into trouble.
In all 1,560 graduates were awarded with HND Certificates.
From Yakubu Abdul-Majeed, Tamale