Sunyani Poly Wants Recruitment Ban Lifted

Professor Thomas Kwadwo Djang-Fordjour, Rector of Sunyani Polytechnic, has appealed to government to consider lifting the embargo on employment to pave the way for the institution to engage new lecturers.

Mr. Djang-Fordjour indicated that many of the school’s experienced lecturers have retired, with the rest nearing retirement, adding “We have not been able to employ to replace them because of the difficulty in getting clearance from the Ministry of Finance to employ or give the retiring staff contract appointment”.

He therefore, urged the Ministry of Education to intervene since the polytechnic was suffering due to the low number of lecturers.

The Rector made the call while addressing the 7th congregation of the polytechnic on Saturday to confer diplomas and certificates to 1456 graduands.

The government last year issued a moratorium on recruitment in the public sector, as part of austere measures to stabilise the economy and effectively manage the public wage bill.

Professor Djang-Fordjour was delighted about government’s newly introduced Youth Enterprise Support (YES) fund to assist young Ghanaians who have creative and innovative business ideas and plans to source financial support, saying the development was a response to an appeal he made two years ago to the government .

The rector urged the graduands to take advantage of the fund to create jobs for themselves rather than depending on government for employment

He appealed to government to pay contractors undertaking on-going projects at the school which have stalled, so as to enhance academic work

He noted that as part of the preparations towards transforming itself into a Technical University by 2016, the Sunyani Polytechnic has put in place a five-year comprehensive strategic plan to act as a road map.

“It will serve as a guide on our progress on the benchmarks we have set ourselves to achieve this goal of starting a technical university with two campuses,” he said.

Mr. Emmanuel Newman, a representative from the Ministry of Education, in a response to the appeal made by the Rector, assured that government would soon pay all contractors working in the various polytechnics in the country in order to promote education.

In all, 26 graduands had first class with Ayidana Atindanbire Gilbert from the Electrical/Electronic Department being adjudged the overall best graduand.

From Daniel Dzirasah, Sunyani

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