Technical Education POTAG to change name to suit technical university status

The Polytechnic Teachers Association of Ghana has revealed that the name of the association will be changed

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President of the Takoradi chapter of the Polytechnic Teachers Association of Ghana, Mr. Peter Awuni has revealed that the name of the association will be changed since the union is no longer a polytechnic but a technical university.

According to him,  the name would not have any effect as a deviate in their object but there is a need for the name to be changed in a manner that will reflect in their activities.

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He said "the process has recommended having the necessary legal processes completed to have the name change and then we would be issued with a new bargaining certificate to enable us engage our employer appropriately to negotiate new conditions for service.


"The name would not have any salient effect as a deviation from our objectives but there is a need for the name to be changed in a manner that would reflect in our newspapers and have a bargaining certificate to reflect it as such."

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Government’s policy of converting polytechnics into technical universities took off in September 2016 and it was to help reposition them as strategic institutions for the training of highly-skilled human resource to drive the nation’s socio-economic development.


Speaking on the non-payment of book and research allowances due polytechnic teachers, he said government must expedite action on the payment of their book and research allowances to forestall interruptions in the academic calendar.

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"If such payment keeps delaying, then we are unable to conduct the relevant research we have able to gather the necessary tools and make teaching and learning that we opt to teach in a manner that will produce the quality human resource requirement of this country. Lecturers are worried that very often we have to get into tackles with government which has become a perennial affair since 2012 and 2013 academic year that we would have to embark on strike actions before accepted and that is bad," he added.

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