Students Shy Away From Technical & Science Courses
The Chairman of the Sunyani Polytechnic Council, Dr. Isaac Kwasi Asomah has noted that the country could move forward through Science and Technology if greater efforts are made to train more Science teachers and provide facilities in all second cycle institutions to impart science education to the students.
Dr. Asomah disclosed that Sunyani Polytechnic faces challenges in getting students to enroll in the Science and Technical courses, attributing the problem to the small number of science students coming out of the Senior High Schools (SHSs) in the country, because a greater number of the schools do not offer science courses.
He proposed that for the country to realize the objectives of the Polytechnic education, it would not be out of place to have special training for the Lecturers and Trainers to help them to understand and focus on the core business of the Polytechnic.
The Polytechnic Council appealed to government to assist and ensure that Lecturers are attached or have contacts with industries during the holidays, he said.
Dr. Asomah said the lack of industrial attachment for staff and students was another problem of the Polytechnic, stressing that, industrial attachment was vital and should be a major requirement for the Lecturers and Technical staff of the institution.
The Chair of Sunyani Polytechnic Council was speaking at the sixth joint congregation of the 2010/2011 and 2011/2012 academic years, where 6,465 graduates, who successfully completed their programmes, were presented with Degrees, Higher National Diplomas (HND) and Certificates.
Dr. Asomah further noted that the practical aspect of training Polytechnic students should be reviewed for more emphasis to be placed on it, especially before and during the training.
Professor Thomas Kwadwo Djang-Fordjour, Rector of the Polytechnic, announced that the institution, from this academic year, would mount two new tertiary programmes – HND Purchasing and Supply, as well as Computer Science and Mathematics.
He said plans were also underway to run HND programmes on weekends for workers who could not enroll with the main stream of the regular programmes, adding that, the first batch of the weekend non-tertiary programmes, General Business Certificate Examination, passed out in June 2013.
The Rector said Polytechnics were finding difficulties in offering degree programmes because of the difficulty in getting accreditation from the National Accreditation Board (NAB).
Prof. Djang-Fordjour disclosed that students find it more attractive to enroll in private Universities where they were ultimately awarded degrees in various fields of study, lamenting that, obviously the practical components that Polytechnic education offered was defeated.
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