Takoradi Poly receives conversion Bill

Daniel-NyarkoRev. Prof. Daniel Nyarko, Rector of the Takoradi Polytechnic in the Western Region, has announced that the Polytechnic has received the Bill which aims at converting the institution into a technical university.

“We have every assurance that the Takoradi Polytechnic will qualify to be so converted and that this great institution would be a university with a difference,” he said.

Rev. Prof. Nyarko, who announced this during the matriculation ceremony for 3,633 newly admitted students into the polytechnic, said the management of the institution was working to get it fully prepared for the conversion.

The government plans to convert all the 10 polytechnics in the country into technical universities in 2015 with the objective of upgrading the training and qualifications offered by the polytechnics.

It is also to promote interest in technical education among the youth.The first intake of students into these technical universities is expected to start by 2016.

Prof. Nyarko was optimistic that the necessary structures would be available to ensure the smooth running of the technical universities, and gave assurance that management was fully committed to the conversion process.

He noted that the polytechnic received 4,204 applications for the 2014/2015 academic year but could not admit all due to limited facilities.

Rev. Prof. Nyarko said the polytechnic would also undertake vigorous verification of results with WAEC adding that, “anyone who will be found to have submitted fraudulent results will be severely sanctioned”.

He appealed to the newly admitted students to adopt open communication through the offices of the Dean of Students Affairs rather than resorting to the writing of anonymous letters. — GNA

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