Rector of Accra Polytechnic Prof. Sylvester Achio has promised students with the Hotel Catering and Institutional Management Department that Management is thinking of a way to support and cushion them when it comes to undertaking their practical assignment in their area of specialization.
According to the Rector “I know it’s very expensive to carry out such practical assignments” he said.
This was disclosed at a mini function organised by HCIM Department for students to showcase their practical knowledge and skills in food preparation at the school’s auditorium here in Accra.
The USA Rice representative for Ghana, Mr. Daniel Ansong also assured students with the Hotel Catering and Institutional Management Department of a new ultra-modern kitchen for them to undertake their practical works.
“The long standing relationship between the Department and the USA Rice group has been a beneficial one to both the institution and the U.S rice group” he said. He revealed that the U.S group is planning to organize another Polytechnic cooking competition.
Mrs. Vida Doku, Head of Department of the HCIM explained the purpose of the occasion saying “such opportunities are created for students to enable them exhibit their skills in diverse ways by way of the hands-on training which is the ultimate aim of our training”.
The Department in collaboration with the USA rice group used the opportunity to launch a Recipes Book, a book which will guide students on how to prepare different kinds of rice dishes.
The function` was organised under the theme, “Carved Buffet Lunch for Book Launch”.
As part of the assessment process, visitors and invited guests who were at the programme were presented with evaluation forms for them to make their impressions on the students’ performance known.
Stone throwing and shear intimidation at the Legon Athletic Oval’s Central Court has marred an otherwise dramatic final of the 2016 Universities, Polytechnics and Colleges (UPAC) Basketball championship.
Champions, they say die hard and that was the spirit replicated by the indefatigable A-Poly Basketball team after they battled their way from behind to come within inches of victory.
In fact, all the two-time UPAC Champions needed was a 30-second holding game to see off the opposition from UG in order to accomplish an unprecedented three straight gold-medal wining feat but that was not to be as those 30-seconds turned into nervy moments that were characterized by throwing of stones and sachet water from the home fans.
At the end of it all, the UG team triumphed by beating Accra Polytechnic 45-44 points to win the 2016 UPAC Championship in front of their home fans.
As is the case for all champions, the games had a number of sub-plots as the game’s physicality ultimately resulted in one of A-Poly’s key players, Farahat Tamimu, fouling out of the game and had to watch the whole of the fourth quarter from the bench.
In his absence, however veteran Guard and 2015 Most Valuable Player for Accra Polytechnic, Abdul Mutaleeb Alhassan had to carry the offensive load of the team and he did so with shear bravado, leading the team to take a two point lead in the game from the free throw line.
Also in the thick of affairs was Center Suleman Abubakar’s incessant hustle plays which ensured Accra Polytechnic stayed in the game when it looked most likely that UG would pull away.
With time running down and silence gripping the home fans at the Centre Court, UG’s Emmanuel Wolff nailed a deep three point shot to give University of Ghana a 45-44 lead with 16 seconds left on the clock.
On the ensuing possession, Accra Polytechnic got called for a questionable offensive foul which gifted University of Ghana the chance to run down the clock and end Accra Polytechnic’s reign in the Championship.
Meanwhile, speaking in an interview after the game, the coach of A-Poly Basketball team, Mr. Braimah Lawal has hinted that he may not allow his team to play under such hostile conditions in the future, especially with the kind of intimidation witnessed from the UG fans.
For their part, Meme Falconer, coach of the UG team was named coach of the tournament whereas Muhaimin Guba was named Most Valuable Player of the 2016 UPAC basketball tournament.
Accra Polytechnic have made a firm case for the defense of the Universities, Polytechnics and Colleges (UPAC) Basketball Championship title after emerging champions of Zone F in the 2016 games.
The two-time Champions achieved the feat of representing the zone by seeing off competition from Valley View University (VVU), Zenith University College (ZUC) and Blue Crest University (BCU).
The A-Poly team first defeated VVU by 54-29; ZUC by 44-33 before proceeding to beat BCU by 27-23 in the last round of preliminary games in what was the toughest game of the day for the champions.
By that win, the A-Poly team has preserved a feat of never losing a competitive game at home.
The team always looked the side to come out of the zone considering the massive pedigree it has in Ghanaian and West African circles.
However, it was one of two debutants in the zone, BCU, that gave Accra Poly its’ toughest test yet as they matched the two-time champions with every amour they had in their arsenal. Blue Crest proved a hard nut to crack throughout the game with the likes of Kofi Otu and the rest challenging for every ball.
The frustration of Accra Polytechnic players was visible and it boiled over when star Shooting Guard, Abdul Mutaleeb Alhassan, got ejected from the game after committing a second intentional foul.
What happened after was a frantic and uncoordinated change of style from Accra Poly as it tried to get back into its’ groove. They found it in a collected team effort with Center, Suleman Alhassan leading the charge.
In the end, Accra Polytechnic’s more experienced hands did the trick to give them a vital win to complete yet another wonderful run.
Following that achievement, the Accra Poly team will represent Zone F in the last eight at the Accra Polytechnic Sports Complex on April 14 with the likes of University of Development Studies-Tamale, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology and Takoradi Polytechnic, looking to battle them for the winner’s medal.
The Sports Manager of Accra Polytechnic, Mr. Princeworth Anane-Asare was pleased with the effort of his players and was very certain of the retention of the title in spite of the absence of players like Romeo and Dodzi.
Accra Poly’s starting Center, Suleman Alhassan was declared Most Valuable Player of the tournament; ending the streak of Point Guard’s winning the coveted award every time.
A renowned Labour Relations Consultant, Mr. Kwame Gyan Ofori has stated that conducive working environment is crucial in every well-organized institution.
The labour relations consultant sounded this word of advice during a seminar organized at Elmina Beach Resort, Cape Coast for union executives of Accra Polytechnic to educate them on their rights and responsibilities as employers, employees and unions.
He advised Management to keep open channels of communication with the workers and protect the interests of the workers. Mr. Gyan said, “As an employer, you are mandated to develop the human resources by way of training and retraining the workers”. “We thrive to improve productivity in our working environment but sometimes employers turn to neglect the basic necessities that facilitate high productivity”, he revealed.
According to the Labour Relations Consultant, it is the right of every employer to transfer or terminate the contract of his employee but he believes it should be done in accordance with the labour law.
Mr. Gyan said organized Labour serves as representation for employees on both institutional and national decision making platforms. “The union is the voice of the workers on issues relating to conditions of service, wages, and work hour which is done through collective bargaining” he said. He stated that organized labour in the workplace, negotiate wages and other working conditions on behalf of its members.
He cautioned that any worker who by any kind of threat seeks to intimidate the employer during negotiations of a collective agreement that group is guilty of “unfair labour practice”.
He added that the labour commissions act is to ensure that the rights of workers and employers are not infringed upon in any way. “They are there to take actions against any individual or a group who hinder an employer or employee’s work”, he said. He advised employees to take their work seriously adding that “work conscientiously, report for work regularly and punctually”.
Students pursuing Higher National Diploma (HND) in Hotel Catering and Institutional Management (HCIM) at Accra Polytechnic have been advised to display the best of attitudes in order to succeed in their job search efforts.
The advice was given by Ms. Veronica Ame Seddoh, a hotel industry player with many years of experience, at a Mini-Function organized by the HCIM Department for students to showcase their practical knowledge and skills.
She pointed out the respect for time; decent and smart dressing; and good character as some of the essential attitudes that make a successful career in the hotel industry.
“In industry, everything is about the guest and not the employee or staff” she pointed out to the students.
She added that learning bothers on humility and the willingness to ask questions when one sees something new.
The Dean of the School of Applied Sciences and Arts, Mr. Martin Owusu Amoamah, who chaired the occasion, was very grateful to the staff of the HCIM Department for their incessant exploration of avenues through which their students can display their practical skills.
He called on other departments to emulate the HCIM Department in order to fulfill the mandate of Polytechnic education.
Mrs. Vida Doku, Head of Department of the HCIM explained the rationale for the occasion saying it is done for students to enable them exhibit their skills in diverse ways by way of the hands-on training which is the ultimate aim of our training.
The HCIM Department’s training cuts across Food Production, Beverage Service, Front Desk Office Management and Accommodation and the department ensures that students are proficient in these areas.
This year’s function was organized under the theme, “Job Prospects for the Hospitality Graduate in the 21st Century: The story of the Polytechnic Graduate” and is one of many to be held in the semester.
As part of the assessment process, visitors and invited guests to the programme were also presented with evaluation forms to make their impressions on the students’ performances known.
Lead Consultant of Seamless Management Solutions and an expert in customer service, Mr. Patrick Fiagbe has charged administrators of the Polytechnic to cultivate the attitude of a new mindset especially as the institution prepares for convention to a Technical University.
The advice was given during a two day workshop organized for administrators with the Polytechnic on the theme “The Transition of the Polytechnic into Technical University: Strengthening the Roles and Responsibilities of the Administrator” at the Dodowa Forest Hotel in Accra.
He said what used to work in the past will not necessarily work anymore, adding it is impossible to grow without a change in mindset.
He added that Operational Excellence is a must today for leading institutions and Accra Technical University cannot afford inefficiency and waste. “No organizations, public or private, exist without customers, they are the reason you have a job operational Excellence must gear towards satisfying the customer” he pointed out.
A former Registrar with the University of Ghana, Mr. A.T. Konu who spoke on the “The role of the university administrator” said, university administrators provide support service for the academic enterprise.
He indicated that Universities rely on the free flow of ideas and continuous debate. “Ideas will stand or fall on the strength of the arguments and evidence that support them, but there must always be opportunities for existing ideas to be challenged and for different points of view to be put forward” he said.
That however, universities are currently undergoing dramatic change and these changes are challenging the traditional values upon which they were based. “The notion of academic freedom arose in times when putting forward new ideas and challenging conventional wisdom could result in the individuals concerned being persecuted, imprisoned or worse” he said.
The Rector was very grateful to staff for their cooperation as the institution prepares to be converted into a Technical University. “Serving as a mirror for society provides an important mechanism for societies to improve and develop” he said.
Rector of the Premier Polytechnic, Prof. Sylvester Achio has applauded hardworking staff of the institution saying the staffs have served as loco parentis for students which he believes created in graduands a vibrant, inclusive and creative culture that will enhance their lives beyond the Polytechnic during the 15th congregation held recently.
Touching on graduands statistics he revealed that a total of 4,171 students graduated from the School of Applied Sciences and Arts, School of Business and Management Studies and the School of Engineering for the 2015/2016 academic year.
According to him the higher percentage of 68.95% of the total number of the graduating students is from the Business School, 16.47% from the Sciences and 14.58% from the School of Engineering.
On challenges, the Rector said there is financial clearance problem for replacement of staff for the past years and he believes has been a very great challenge to the institution. He revealed that out of the 66 needed replacements only 7 replacement clearances has been given. “The institution is greatly constrained using her IGF to pay part- time staff to keep academic works going on” he said.
Representing the Minister of Education, Dr. Henry Newman, head of Planning and Quaility at the NCTE said plans are in place to ensure that the percentage of Ghana’s GDP that is available for research activities increases in line with the global trends of an average of 2.5% of GDP through the establishment of the Research Fund. “What this means is that the challenges we have had with the Book and Research Allowance will also be addressed” he said.
According to Dr. Newman, Cabinet has approved the Research Fund Bill and will submit same to Parliament for consideration soon. He said the bill will provide the legislative framework for the establishment of the Fund to support academia and research institutions conducting research relevant to socio-economic development of the country. “These efforts underscore the importance of research and our desire to use it to support policy formulation and implementation to address the challenges facing the country” he said.
On his part the Council Chairman of the institution, Hon. Enoch Teye Mensah said Accra Polytechnic is a “Polytechnic of Choice” reiterating that the increasing number of granduands year after year is evidence of the continuous growth and commitment to excellence of the institution.
Hon. E.T Mensah however called on government to help provide the additional needed resources and facilities to support the increasing numbers of their student population and more so, to embrace the technical university system, he said the Governing Council and Management are determined to find alternative means of funding to add to that of Government.
He used the opportunity to also acknowledge and commend the government, for supporting their developmental efforts. “Quite recently, Accra Polytechnic’s COTVET project was listed as one of His Excellency, the President’s prioritized projects and the contractor has since moved to site, he said.
The ceremony was highly patronized by parents and guardians from all walks of the region to support their wards graduate after several years of hard work and commitment.
Accra Polytechnic will be holding its Congregation. All Students of various departments are therefore entreated to visit their various departments for any further information. 28 May 2015 ,23:55 pm
Dr. Paul Effah, a renowned educational administrator and a facilitator for a one-day workshop organized for members of Accra Polytechnic Governing Council has asked members of the Council to constantly assess themselves based on the Polytechnic Act.
Referring to the Polytechnic Act, Dr. Effah said it was the responsibility of Council to keep and manage records of account of the Polytechnic and not that of any individual.
He said it was not the place of Council to constantly run to government anytime there was a problem as that will amount to subtle incompetence.
He said there should be no pursuit of what he called “hidden goals or agenda” among members of Council.
He said every member of Council needs to carry along fliers of the institution that detail out what the needs of the Polytechnic are so that they can make adequate case and link the Polytechnic to resources required to manage the Polytechnic.
Dr. Effah urged Council to constantly hunt for talents wherever they may find themselves because what a 21st Century tertiary institution needs is an assembly of talents.
“Council must give its support to every group and consider their views and must not turn their backs to any group”, he added.
He said even though in the past it was teachers and lecturers, who made up educational institutions, everybody is needed to make such institutions work, hence the importance of non-academic staff.
He described the 21st century academic environment in the words of Grant Morrison as a “multiversity” – a place of different talents.
He stressed the need to communicate with one voice on the most difficult subjects while suggesting that a press release is the most effective tool to ensure that different interpretations are not given to official responses.
Also present at the workshop was the Chairman of the Governing Council, Hon. Enoch Teye Mensah.
Accra Polytechnic’s Basketball team received honours for excellence in the Ghana Basketball Awards 2015. The team is recognized as ‘the best of all time’
in recent times among Tertiary Institutions in the Country and across the West African Sub-region for their immense contribution to Sports excellence.
This landmark achievement was attained after institution beating several schools from all sectors in various competitions and sweeping away the championship titles from the GHAPSA, UPAC and the WAPOGA Games.
The institution won most of the awards of the night from various categories of nominations which took place at the sports studio of TV3. These includes; Basketball Team of the Year, GHAPSA Games Male Champions and GHAPSA Games Female Champions.
The joy of the night was made complete for the institution when the premier Polytechnic’s Abdul Mutaleb Alhasan popularly known among funs as “Varanda” took home the Overall Most Valuable Player (MVP) of the year 2015, Romeo Enan Wilfred winning the Tertiary Player of the year and Brimah Lawal was also adjudged the Coach of the Year.
President of the Ghana Basketball Association, Mr. David Addo Ashong revealed that basketball is undoubtedly the fastest growing sport in Ghana currently.
Strategy and Operations Director, NBA Africa, Mr. John Manyo Plange also said he is excited for Africa basketball especially the young talented men and women who distinguished themselves in this year’s Ghana Basketball awards. He noted that it’s fair to say that it’s been a fabulous season for the talented men and women.
The event was highly patronized by an entourage from Accra Polytechnic led by the Dean of Students Affairs, Mr. Steven Kudadze. Among other dignitaries who attended the event were representatives from the Ghana Basketball Association, Rite multimedia, Ghana National Petroleum Corporation, TV3, British High Commission, Ministry of Youth and Sports and other tertiary institutions.