Technical varsities’sustainability debated

Four of the polytechnics are yet to be converted into universitiesA ranking member of Parliament’s Education committee has questioned the sustainability of government’s decision to convert the polytechnics into technical universities.

Dr. Yaw Owusu believes there would be resource constraints by government which could affect the effective implementation of the policy.

He expressed these concerns during the Joy Thought Leadership forum on the sustainability of the conversion of polytechnics into technical universities.

The government has so far converted six of the 10 polytechnics into technical universities with plans to convert the remaining four soon.

The policy has also been given legal backing after President John Mahama assented to the Technical University Bill making it a law.

Dr Yaw Owusu however fears that the government would have problems implementing the policy to the letter.

“I am doubtful about the sustainability of this technical university because the economy is not in good shape. Technical university education is based on resources not just mere branding or changing of names. If you want technical and vocational education they must put in a lot. You can put in a lot when you have the resources,” he said.

But Deputy Education Minister, Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa argued that the needed infrastructure and resources needed for its take off has been secured.

He assured the conversion will improve the quality of education in the country.

“We perhaps have not paid attention to the work that has gone on, on this conversion. The president announced this in his first state of the nation address. We then invited all the stakeholders, including the Parliamentary committee on education. Everybody has been involved.

“It is surprising that the NPP member is saying loudly that he was opposed. We didn’t see that in committee report. The Parliamentary records will show you that there was a unanimous consensus,” he stated, adding the policy will help in developing technical education in the country.

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