The Ghana National Union of Technical Students (GNUTS), calls on government to as a matter of urgency, equip all technical Universities and Polytechnics across the country to enhance the standards of these institutions and to facilitate practical hands-on training. The current Technical Universities were converted from Polytechnics to Technical Universities in September, 2016 to address the Technical challenges of the country. But is worrying to know that, since the conversion of these Polytechnics to Technical Universities, nothing has been provided in terms of equipping their laboratories, work shops, lecture halls and other facilities.
Technical and vocational education is the surest way to addressing Ghana’s unemployment challenges and achieving our industrialization agenda. The necessary measures ought to be taken by government to to see to it that Technical Universities, Polytechnics and Institutes are well equipped to champion the country’s industrialization agenda.
For the past months, government has made promises to prioritize Technical and vocational education including putting up twenty (20) additional technical Institutes across the country. Although this is a good policy, but government should consider equipping the existing Technical Universities, Polytechnics and Institutes. The current state of our Technical Universities, Polytechnics and technical Institutes is very worrying as these institutions lack the necessary equipments and facilities to meet the necessary standards to effectively train students to address our technical needs as a country.
Government should revisit the German system of Technical University that was adopted and make sure the necessary requirements that ought to be met to ensure the standards of our technical universities are provided to revamp these institutions.
At the union’s first central Committee Meeting that was held at the Kumasi Technical University from 1st-3rd December, 2017, the union resolved to urge government to take the revamping of Technical Universities and Polytechnics seriously to address the technical needs of the country. The issue of lack of necessary equipments and facilities were identified in the institutional report of all the Technical Universities and Polytechnics.
The Ghana National Union of Technical Students (GNUTS) wants to remind government to stick to its promise of executing the one district-one factory policy through technical universities. This initiative will help these institutions to execute their mandate of ensuring practical hands-on training and producing the country’s man power needs.
Long live Technical education
Abdul Rahaman Ibrahim
Andrews Obeng Twumasi (Public Relations Officer)