Five Polytechnics in Ghana cannot be converted into technical universities for now as it would be foreseen by the government.
Mr. Evan Kwabena Takyi is the Desk Officer for Universities and Polytechnics at the National Counsel for Tertiary Education of Ghanaand he expressed this when a delegation from the German Academic Exchange Service visited Koforidua Polytechnic. The visit was to access the school’s preparedness level to be transformed into a Technical University.
“Even though Mr. Takyi would not name these Polytechnics, he hinted that Koforidua Poly cannot be one. The institution did extremely well in the assessment,” he noted.
He said that, “The government intend to remodel them after the German structures of Technical Universities and School of Applied Science to churn out graduates with employable and entrepreneurial skills.”
He added that, “The visit by the German delegation is the first phase in the conversion process.”
Mrs. Smile Gavua Dzisi said that, “We have certified all the government criteria set for the conversion. The school will call for a reassessment if Koforidua Poly is not included in the qualified schools.”
“The Koforidua Polytechnic has six full-fledged B. Tech programs in Science and Technology as against government requirement of four,” she said.
“We also have five Science and Technology based Faculties in good standing as against the minimum of two, we can boast of having senior lecturers with requisite professional/industrial experience heading all the academic departments. We have fairly equipped laboratory and workshop to begin with.”
“We have collaborations with quite a number of industries and academic institutions in and outside Ghana while plans are in place for every teaching staff to undertake industrial attachment during vacations to strengthen our capacity,” Professor Dzisi stated.
She said that, “The School of Graduate Studies established in August 2014 to provide clear path of academic progression for students is currently Coordinating the development of curricular for Masters of Technology programs.”
Mrs. Gudrun Chazotte is the Leader of the German delegation who is a Senior Desk Officer at the German Partnership Programs and Higher Education Management and she said, “Germany will not impose their structure entirely on Ghana but will help build a structure that will fit the African contest.”
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