Sunyani Polytechnic held its 7th congregation on Saturday, 30th August, 2014 at the school’s auditorium where One thousand four hundred and fifty six (1,456) graduands received awards in Higher National Diploma (HND), Engineering, Business and Management Studies, Applied Science and Technology and Certificates at the Non-Tertiary levels.
These are students who have successfully completed their programs of study for the 2013 and 2014 academic years and have been adequately prepared by the Polytechnic to fill various positions in their fields of industry.
The total number of graduands for 2013 was 1,024 out of which 26 had first class, 400 had second class upper, 504 had second class lower, and 86 had pass.
The overall best graduate for the 2013/2014 academic year was Mr. Ayidana Atindanbire Gilbert who had first class in Electrical/Electronic Engineering.
Prof. K.T Djang-Fordjour, Rector of Sunyani Polytechnic in his address said they had put measures in place to transform the Polytechnic into a Technical University by the year 2016.
“The Polytechnic has put in place a five year Comprehensive Strategic Plan to act as road map that would be regularly instituted to monitor our progress on the benchmarks we have set ourselves to achieve this goal to indicate our readiness to start a technical university with two campuses at Duayaw-Nkwanta to be known as Agricultural Technology Village and the main campus in Sunyani.”
Dr. Isaac Kwasi Asomah, Chairman of Sunyani Polytechnic Council on his part, identified inadequate lecture halls, offices and housing accommodation for staff, hostel accommodation for students, computer laboratories and workshops as some of the many problems facing the Polytechnic.
“I wish to plead with Government to make funds available to enable the Polytechnic to establish more laboratories and workshops to make teaching and learning more effective and practicable to reflect its core mandate.”
Mr. Emmanuel Newman who represented the Education Minister Prof. Jane Naana Opoku-Agyemang said, the graduation of the students comes a relief to them, their parents, government and the tax payers.
He also appealed to Polytechnic Teachers to use dialogues in the processes to demand better salaries. He also urged them to upgrade themselves.
The ceremony attracted a large number of people including government officials, chiefs, parents, guardians, students and members of the press.
Kofi Oppong Kyekyeku (KOK)
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