Following the recent government policy to convert polytechnics into technical universities, Tamale poly has petitioned President Mahama over their exclusion from the list of polytechnics to be converted.
Government had tasked a technical committee to select polytechnics that meet the stipulated criteria for the conversion. However, Tamale Poly feels left out in the process as it was not included in the list of approved institutions.
The technical committee’s report stated that six out of the 10 polytechnics comprising those of Accra, Kumasi, Koforidua, Ho, Sunyani and Takoradi, met the 16-point criteria.
However, the technical committee pointed out that Tamale poly as well as three others needed infrastructural assistance and improvement in equipment and governance to meet up with the criteria.
Unsatisfied with the exclusion of the institution, The Alumni President, Prince Mash-Hud Abdulai in a statement, has called for changes in the approved list in a petition to the president. He has asked that Tamale Poly be added to the list. A part of the Alumini statement reads.
We do understand that the statement by the President and other documents relevant to the subject matter are only for purposes of illustration and urge government to proceed with the necessary steps and processes that would lead to the conversion sooner than later…
While we share the forgoing notion, we are both glad and proud to assure our alumni and current students that we have been in constant touch with the Polytechnic authorities and have a settled conviction that the Polytechnic is more than ready to become Technical University anytime soon.
The Alumni president also said in the statement that the inclusion of Tamale Polytechnic on the first list of conversion will create a regional balance.
The Deputy Minister in charge of Tertiary Education, Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa had said that the selected polytechnics will be converted to universities by September this year.