Deputy Minister in charge of Tertiary Education, Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa, has said that by September this year, six polytechnics will be upgraded to Universities. This will be the first phase of the conversion of polytechnics into technical universities.
President John Mahama is expected to name the six polytechnics at his state of the Nation Address which will be delivered to Parliament today, February 25.
The Technical Committee set up to advice government on the conversion, advised government carry out the exercise in phases, following due process. This is to ensure they meet all the requirements of becoming full-fledged technical universities.
Deputy Minister of Education in charge of tertiary, Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa, has confirmed that in September, the polytechnics will be fully converted into universities. This he did while speaking before the Public Accounts Committee of Parliament on Wednesday. Mr. Ablakwa also defended the need for the gradual implementation of the project in phases.
According Mr Ablakwa, government could not just upgrade polytechnics without assessing the varying levels of infrastructure and capacity, hence the need for the implementation of the phase by phase conversion.
We could recall that 10 polytechnics have earlier been mapped out for conversion into universities. Also, at a stakeholders’ forum on January 6, 2015, participants unanimously agreed that the conversion should not be done for all the schools at a go, but in phases, based on an assessment of each.
…So the experts advised us against a wholesale conversion. They rather recommended that we should set up an independent expert panel that will go round and assess all the 10 polytechnics and recommend to the national council for tertiary education which of the polytechnics should qualify for the first phase and those who have to be assisted to also come up to an appreciable level to be converted in the next phase,” Mr Ablakwa explained.
He further assured that Government would be working to support the remaining four polytechnics to meet the conversion criteria to prevent them from being left behind.
There is an inherent threat in this conversion that if you don’t do it well and support others to come up, the traffic will head in the direction of those who have been converted and if you are not careful, you run the risk of killing other polytechnics who don’t make it in the first phase of the conversion.”
Below is a list of the polytechnics to be converted to universities and their proposed names after conversion:
|S/N||POLYTECHNIC NAME||UNIVERSITY NAME|
|1||Accra Polytechnic||Accra Technical University (ATU)|
|2||Bolgatanga Polytechnic||Bolgatanga Technical University (BTU)|
|3||Cape Coast Polytechnic||Technical University of Cape Coast (TUC)|
|4||Ho Polytechnic||Technical University of Ho (TUH)|
|5||Koforidua Polytechnic||Technical University of Koforidua (TUK)|
|6||Kumasi Polytechnic||Kumasi Technical University (KTU)|
|7||Sunyani Polytechnic||Sunyani Technical University (STU)|
|8||Takoradi Polytechnic||Takoradi Technical University (TTU)|
|9||Tamale Polytechnic||Technical University of Tamale (TUT)|
|10||Wa Polytechnic||Technical University of Wa (TUW)|