Wa Polytechnic Holds 4th Congregation

The Wa Polytechnic is working on the curricular to introduce courses in Electrical/Electronic Engineering, Laboratory Technology, Catering, Hotel/Institutional Management, Fashion Design and Modelling and Purchasing and Supply. This was disclosed by the Rector, Professor G.K.S. Aflakpui, at the Polytechnics had introduced the Dispensing Technology and Industrial Art courses. Prof. Aflakpui said “though it is our aim to improve on the education standards of the lecturers, we are disappointed that the Ghana Education Trust Fund re-imbursement of staff who had pre-financed their graduate programmes is not forthcoming”. “The other challenge to our ambition is non-compliance to the provision in the statutes and other regulations on seeking approval to pursue further studies,: Prof. Aflakpui said. He said work on infrastructure to convert the school into a technical university had been hindered following the delay in the payment of contractors working on some of its projects. “for more than a year now, contractors working on the halls of residence for students, the library and the faculty building, had not been paid,” Prof. Aflakpui. In a speech read for her, Prof. Jane Naana Opoku-Agyemang, the Minister of Education, said “considering the unique role polytechnics played in national development, government would continue to pay more attention to help them achieve their mandate” She indicated that the government was pursing policies and programmes to enhance the capacities of the polytechnics to function and provide the needed human resources base of Ghana. She disclosed that the government was studying the report of the technical committee set up to work out modalities and plans, on the conversion of the polytechnics into technical universities. Prof. Opoku-Agyemang assured that the Ghana Education Trust Fund, would take appropriate measures to address the needs of the Wa Polytechnic, especially the provision of infrastructure and equipment for some of its departments as well as the training of the critical staff.