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.