Government has scheduled September, 2016 to commence the conversion of all polytechnics into universities.
The Polytechnic Teachers Association of Ghana (POTAG) says it will reject any approach by government to undertake the conversion of polytechnics into universities in batches.
Government has scheduled September, 2016 to commence the conversion of all polytechnics into universities. As part of the requirement, lecturers in the polytechnics have to upgrade their academic competencies.
POTAG at a news conference in Accra called for the conversion of all the ten polytechnics to be carried out simultaneously.
"We would like government to take a bold decision en bloc. We believe that the government having the political will should be able to carry out this agenda without fear or favour. At the end of the day, we all know that the colleges of education were recently upgraded to tertiary status without piecemeal migration" Accra Polytechnic POTAG Chairman, Jones Ntiamoah noted.
The association had earlier formed a technical committee to identify challenges with regards to the conversion. According to Adamu Ibrahim, POTAG National Secretary, the committee has submitted its recommendations to parliament.
"The conversion in terms of naming can be done by government if the will is there. Of course the conversion does not take away the HND and the non-tertiary programmes that are being run. All these programmes would be run concurrently but when a particular technical university is ready to mount for instance a Bachelor of Technology in Building Technology, the programme content; the syllabus and course outlines would be developed.”