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Technical Education To Make Graduands Employers -Terkper

Mr Seth Terkper, Minister for Finance, said the various technical education improvement programmes underway would bridge the gap between formal training and the world of work.

 

The programmes include the conversion of polytechnics to technical universities, introduction of Competency-Based Training (CBT) and other technical learning initiatives.

MrTerkper said this in a speech read for him at the 14th Congregation of the Ho Polytechnic last Saturday.

He reiterated Government’s recognition of the significance of technical, vocational and Information and Communication Technology in the country’s educational reforms.

MrTerkper, who is an alumnus of Ho Polytechnic, said the Committee on the Conversion of Polytechnics into Technical Universities had submitted a draft interim report to the Ministry of Education and was also studying the German technical education system as a guide.

MrTerkper said: “It is my earnest prayer and expectation that graduands trained through the CBT mode will become employers, at least self-employed, instead of employees”.

He said the revision of the minimum admission requirements into polytechnics had made it possible for many more candidates to gain admission.

MrTerkper said a collaboration of the Council for Technical Education and Training and AmatrolInc of Jeffersonvill, Indiana, USA, under which laboratories and other facilities were built for the Takoradi and Kumasi polytechnics would be extended to the Ho and Koforidua polytechnics.

A total of 1,120 graduands were awarded, 30 received Bachelor’s Degree in Agricultural Engineering, Automobile Engineering and Hospitality and Tourism Management while the rest received Higher National Diploma in various areas.

A special group of graduands trained under the CBT in Agricultural Engineering were also awarded.

DrJakpasu Victor Afun, Rector of the Ho Polytechnic, said the polytechnic admitted 1,700 students in the 2013/2014 academic year, constituting about 95 per cent of total applications.

He said the number of admission was not significantly higher than in the previous years even though two batches of senior high school students applied.

DrAfun said rather, the polytechnic was only able to admit this number because of the special window opened for candidates with D7 and E8 grades in the core subjects, whose numbers made 50 per cent of admissions.

He said the polytechnic had placed students admitted under the special access programme through the National Board for Professional and Technical Examination (NABPTEX) course and they were awaiting results.

“We hope the Board will quickly arrange for the scripts to be marked so that those students in this academic prison will be acquitted and discharged,” DrAfun said.

He said the Polytechnic, in collaboration with Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, would begin a Master of Technology programme in Agricultural and Mechanical Engineering soon.

DrAfun said two new programmes -HND Purchasing and Supply and HND Banking and Finance-were running smoothly.

He said approval had also been granted for the Polytechnic to run an additional HND Programme in Industrial Art, which took off this academic year with 77 students.

DrAfun said the Polytechnic was pushing hard for the training of strategic human capital for the smooth operation and management of existing oil rigs and wells.

He said to tackle the staff and student housing problem; the Polytechnic had entered into a public-private partnership for the construction of buildings for the institution on a Build, Operate and Transfer (BOT) basis.    

Professor Anthony AfekeAdimado, Council Chairman, said the Council had approved naming some structures after some personalities and traditional areas whose contributions to the development of the polytechnic could not be overlooked.
The Administration Block becomes F.O Kwami Block, Auditorium, GM Afeti Auditorium, V-Block becomes Asogli Complex, GETFund Hall, Adaklu Hall and Central Hall becomes Acolatse-Vodzi Hall.

There were special awards for outstanding performance with the overall Best Graduating Student going to AdegbileBabatundeToib, an Accounting student.

Source: GNA