President John Dramani Mahama said on Thursday that he has given executive approval for the passage of the Technical University Bill.
The Bill would be laid before Parliament for passage as soon as the House re-convenes in May, President Mahama said when he inaugurated a multi-faceted lecture block constructed at the cost of GHc7.3 million at the Sunyani Polytechnic.
The facility was funded by the Ghana Education Trust Fund, and would serve as integral provision towards the conversion of the Polytechnic into a Technical University.
President Mahama explained his government had undertaken massive retooling and upgrading of infrastructure to enhance teaching, research and learning in the six Polytechnics expected to be converted into technical universities by September this year.
He said re-assessment was being done at the Cape Coast and Tamale Polytechnics, and that based on the Assessment Committee’s report, a final decision would be taken on the two institutions for their conversion or otherwise.
President Mahama said because the Bolgatanga and Wa Polytechnics could not meet the eligibility criteria set up by the technical committee and the panel of experts, the government would undertake a fast track upgrading of infrastructure for their conversion when they meet the criteria.
He added that faculty upgrade would also be done at the two Polytechnics through the offering of scholarships so that lecturers could improve on their qualifications as part of the eligibility criteria for the conversion into technical universities.http://ghanapoliticsonline.com
President Mahama expressed appreciation to policymakers, academia, students and relevant stakeholders for the immense work done on the transformation process to convert the nation’s Polytechnics to technical universities.