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Technical Universities won't mimic traditional ones-Ablakwa

Hon. Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa, Dep. Education Minister.

Government has indicated ongoing process to convert the country's Polytechnics into Technical Universities will not lead to a duplication of the academic systems of the traditional universities.

According to Deputy Education Minister, Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa, the Technical Universities (TUs) would be expected to provide "cutting edge solutions, to be the finest level of hi-tech interventions in terms of technical, vocational and engineering programmes."

"We need to make this distinction that it is not going to be the same as a traditional university. The technical universities are not going to mimic the traditional universities," Mr. Ablakwa stated on the Super Morning Show on Joy FM, Tuesday, January 13, 2015.

He said the Ministry is determined to get it right and has as a result, "gone down to the fundamental approach to change the situation".

"We have gone down to the basic level and we have embarked on some interventions..to make it more interesting," he told Kojo Yankson, host of the Show.

Uncompetitive workforce

In a related development, staff of the Technical Universities particularly lecturers, would be required to have work experience in the relevant subject area in addition to their academic qualifications.

According to Chairman of the Technical Committee on Converting Polytechnics into Technical Universities, Dr. George Afeti, who was also on the Show, this is to enable the TUs produce the desired skilled workforce needed for the nation's development.

Dr. Afeti bemoaned the country's uncompetitive workforce, of which currently, only 5% or less, have tertiary education qualification according to the recent Ghana Living Standards Survey Report.

"That's a weak workforce," he remarked indicating that "we at the moment don't have a skilled workforce; we are not competitive enough".

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