New students taking the matriculation Oath
New students taking the matriculation Oath

The Rector of the Bolgatanga Polytechnic, Dr Atinga Mba on Saturday said polytechnics that did not meet the criteria to be converted to Technical Universities are likely to suffer from enrollment.

New students taking the matriculation Oath
New students taking the matriculation Oath

Dr Mba said this in a speech read on his behalf by Dr Samuel Alna, Vice Rector of the School, on Saturday during the School’s Matriculation ceremony at Sumbrungu, near Bolgatanga, in the Upper East Region.

“The competition for students into tertiary institutions is fierce , therefore if we lose out of this conversion into Technical University, the repercussion for our increase in enrolment drive will be any one’s guess,” the Rector said.

He therefore urged Government to address the deficiencies found in the Technical Committee Report that evaluated the conversion of Polytechnics into Technical Universities instead of using the Report to convert some whilst leaving others.

A few months ago, the Deputy Minister of Education in charge of Tertiary Education, Mr Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa, announced that only five out of the ten polytechnics in the country had qualified for the conversion.

The Rector therefore proposed that government should instead use the Technical Committee Report that evaluated Polytechnics for conversion into Technical Universities as the basis for determining the deficiencies and addressing the problem rather than using the report as a criterion for conversion of polytechnics into Technical Universities.

He lauded the government for tarring the road of the Polytechnic campus and appealed for more infrastructures particularly the completion of the much awaited three storey students’ hostel building.

He impressed upon the lecturers of the Polytechnic and non-lecturers to be student centered and cautioned the new students to shun anti -social behaviour and examination malpractices since the school would not hesitate to crack the whip on students caught in such negative acts.

“I also urge you to devote more of your time for studies and less time for Social Media,” the Rector admonished the students.

He announced that the Polytechnic had introduced three new courses, Diploma in Computerized Accounting, Diploma in Banking Technology and Diploma in Business Administration.

The founder of the Polytechnic, Mr Robert Ajene, entreated the new students to take the opportunity they had gotten by focusing seriously on their studies to empower them to contribute significantly to the manpower needs of the nation.

The Polytechnic during the 2015/2016 academic year admitted 694 students for the various programmes and out of this, 504 are studying tertiary programmes whilst 190 for non –tertiary programmes.

GNA

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