Polytechnic Administrators want gov’t to address conversion issues

Polytechnic Administrators Association of Ghana has called on government to constitute substantive Councils for all Technical Universities as a matter of urgency to address all issues associated with the conversion of Polytechnics into technical universities.

Chief among the issues that the Association identified is the activities of the National Council for Tertiary Education vis-à-vis the implementation of the transitional arrangements as spelled out in the Technical University Act 2016 (Act 922).

This was contained in a press released issued by Polytechnic Administrators Association of Ghana during a National Executive Council Meeting over the weekend at the Sunyani Technical University. 

According to the Administrators, some actions on the part of the NCTE are inconsistent with the Act and the detrimental to a smooth transitional process of the conversion. 

Read the statement below:

PRESS RELEASE

The Polytechnic Administrators Association of Ghana (PAAG), soon to be known as Technical University Administrators Association of Ghana (TUAAG) wish to congratulate His Excellency the President of the Republic of Ghana, Nana Addo Danquah Akufo-Addo and his Vice, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia on their assumption of the highest offices of the Nation as President and Vice President respectively.

We pledge our unreserved intent to partner your administration to advance the developmental agenda of the Country, especially in the area of Tertiary Education and particularly Technical and Vocational Education at the higher level.

We take the opportunity to also congratulate Hon. Dr. Mathew Opoku Prempeh on his nomination, vetting and approval by Parliament as the Minister of Education for our beloved country Ghana.

Indeed it is our sincere expectation to work with your administration to realize the object of higher Technical and Vocational Education in the Country, using the Technical Universities as the main tool in this regard.

We, however, call on your office as the Minister of Education to in fulfillment of the Government’s campaign promise, and as a matter of urgency to convert the remaining two (2) Polytechnics (Bolgatanga and Wa) to Technical Universities. This would forestall the immediate challenge of operational difficulties and the medium to the long-term challenge of the total collapse of these Institutions.

We also want to use this opportunity to appeal to the Minister to equip the Technical Universities with the necessary infrastructure to enable us to execute our mandate effectively as stipulated in the Technical University Act 2016 (Act 922).

PAAG wish to draw the attention of the Minister and the President to some transitional challenges that are arising as a result of certain actions of the National Council for Tertiary Education (NCTE) which are inconsistent with the Act and detrimental to the entire transitional process. We, therefore, call on the Minister to without delay constitutes the various substantive Councils for the Technical Universities to resolve these challenges.

We further pledge our continuous resolve to creditably discharge our service with excellence in the forward match of our Country. We are always available for any form of engagement with your outfit.

Once again we congratulate you on your assumption as President, Vice President and Minister of Education of the Republic of Ghana. Long live Ghana, long live the Polytechnic Administrators’ Association of Ghana (PAAG).

PAAG, SERVICE WITH EXCELLENCE.

Mohammed Kamal-Deen Alhassan

National President 

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