Review policy on entry requirements for polytechnic programmes - T'di Polytechnic Chairman
The Chairman of the Takoradi Polytechnic Governing Council, Prof George K.T Oduro
The Chairman of the Takoradi Polytechnic Governing Council, Prof George K.T Oduro, has rekindled the debate on the policy on minimum admission requirements for polytechnic programmes in the country.
He said polytechnics, are required by law to place emphasis on competency, skills, practical and entrepreneurial-focused learning opportunities for its students and appealed to the National Accreditation Board (NAB) to re-visit the entire policy on entry criteria for polytechnic programmes
"Within the context of the purpose for establishing polytechnics, no student offering to pursue a hands-on training programme in the polytechnic with a pass in English and Mathematics in addition to the relevant elective subjects, should be denied entry since grades D7 and E8 are classified as passes by the West African Examination Council (WAEC)," he explained.
Prof Oduro made the appeal at the 12th Congregation of the Takoradi Polytechnic at the weekend.
"I find it ridiculously incomprehensible that a student who obtains aggregate 21 in six subjects could be denied admission into a polytechnic merely because he/she scored a D7 in English while one student who obtained aggregate 30 qualifies for admission."
Prof Oduro called on the staff whose negative work attitude and disrespect for authority tended to undermine the hardworking efforts of the majority, to change their ways for the better.
He cautioned that the Governing Council would fully support disciplinary actions that management takes against any recalcitrant individual whose attitude threatens discipline in the polytechnic.
In all, the Polytechnic awarded 2,732 graduates with degrees and diplomas comprising 68 Bachelor of Technology degrees, 2,609 Higher National Diplomas (HND) while 55 graduates received civil engineering certificates in competency-based training.