From Samuel Mensah Torbizo, Kumasi
A Deputy Minister of Education in charge of tertiary education, Mr. Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa, has reiterated government’s commitment to ensuring increase and equitable access to high quality tertiary education that would provide relevant courses for the young adults in Universities, Polytechnics and Colleges of Education, to enhance the development of research work and intellectual growth of the students.
He stressed that, based on this the education sector was far ahead of the set target as contained in Education Strategic Plan (ESP) 2010/2011 to increase annual intake of Polytechnic students to 10,000 by 2015.
According to him, the 2011/2012 yearly intake of Polytechnic students stood at 13,966.
Mr. Okudzeto Ablakwa, who is also the Member of Parliament (MP) for North Tongu in the Volta Region, made these revelations when he addressed the 9th congregation of Kumasi Polytechnic.
He said ,as the Polytechnics were witnessing soaring figures of students who gained admission to pursue various courses , the government in the past years, has pumped huge resources towards the expansion of all Polytechnics on the ground that they remained very crucial to producing skilled manpower for the accelerated development of the country.
In line with the government’s decision to convert all Polytechnics into Technical Universities , the deputy minister revealed that a five year strategic plan for the take off had been launched .
He explained that the plan was to guide the management of Polytechnics on their journey into technical universities and urged all the key players to continue to evaluate the plan frequently to meet the requisites changes.
The Rector of Kumasi Polytechnic, Professor Nana Nicholas Nicodemus Nsowah-Nuamah announced that as a result of fast growing student population ,the institution has acquired a 300 acre land at Kuntenase for the immediate development into its main campus.
He said 95 per cent of payment for compensation had been made for crops on the land.
The Rector further explained that the Polytechnic was on the process of procuring the service of a transaction advisor which would assist them to execute the necessary feasibility studies and procure the suitable bidder for the project to commence by April 2014.
Professor Nsowah –Nuamah disclosed that the construction of the school’s clinic had been completed leaving only a few finishing touches for it to be commissioned early 2014.
He said the clinic contained number of facilities including , two big recovery rooms for males and females ,dispensary laboratories ,and consulting rooms .
The clinic ,he explained was going to be computerized right from the Out Patients Department (OPD)to the dispensary as a means of reducing manual works.
Professor Nsowah-Nuamah made it known that the Ministry of Environment , Science, Technology and Innovative (MESTI) with a support from the COTVET had proposed to help the institution to carry out research work on how to move away from governance structure that stressed on a science- push approach to do a science -pull approach .
He said by January 2014, the Kumasi Polytechnic would set up a Centre for Research and Development Technology Incubator.
The project , he added was expected to augment the efforts by the Polytechnic to enhance capacity building for technology researchers .
He said, an amount of $80,000 is earmarked for setting up the Research Grant for staff within 30 months.
The graduating students were awarded degrees in their various fields of studies.