Some hardworking staff and students were awarded with prizes
The Rector of the Cape Coast Polytechnic, Prof Lawrence Atepor has emphasized the need for Ghanaians to discard the notion that technical and vocational courses are mainly for school dropouts and people with low level of intelligence.
He said some parents persuade their children to pursue some of the so-called “prestigious” careers such as law, medicine and business administration at the university in order to succeed in life.
“Most children, who opt for masonry, plumbing, carpentry, fashion designing and catering were discouraged by their parents, and they even consider them as failures and disappointment to their families,” he added.
Prof Atepor disclosed this during the 25th Anniversary celebration and 6th Speech and Prize Giving Day of Mankessim Senior High and Technical School at Mankessim in the Mfantseman Municipality of the Central Region.
The ceremony was on the theme, ‘Empowering the Youth through Technical/Vocational Education for National Development: the role of stakeholders.’
Prof Atepor expressed concern about the high unemployment rate among young people which forces them to redirect their energy into worthless ventures.
The Cape Coast Polytechnic Rector underscored the need for government to convert the 200 community day Senior High Schools (SHSs) being constructed into technical and vocational institutions.
Prof Atepor stressed the need for managers of technical and vocational institutions in the country to impart knowledge and skills into students under their tutelage to enable them establish their own businesses.
This, he said, would help reduce the unemployment situation in the country.
Headmistress of the school, Esther Taylor disclosed that the school continues to improve its performance in the West Africa Senior Secondary Certificate Examination (WASSCE).
Madam Taylor hinted that although about 50 percent of the students do not live on campus, discipline in the school was very high since they appreciate the importance of discipline in achieving good academic results.
She commended the guidance and counseling units of the school for helping to minimize drug abuse, absenteeism and deviant behaviours among others that can destroy the future of the students.
From Sarah Afful, Mankessim