New Ho Polytechnic Rector promises transformation

From Samuel Agbewode, Ho

Mr. Alex Tettey-Enyo, Minister for Education

The academic board of the Ho Polytechnic is it to collaborate with various industries to ensure the extention of the practical attachments period of the students, to help products of the institution become more interested in practical work, which is the main objective of polytechnic education.

The new Rector of the Polytechnic, Dr. Dzakpasu Victor Kofi Afun, who disclosed this at his induction ceremony at Ho recently, said his vision was to make the Ho Polytechnic one of the best choices for studies among the polytechnics in the country.

Dr. Afun explained that the school would embark on a vigorous programme to upgrade the skills and knowledge of lecturers to improve teaching and learning, saying the polytechnic would no longer engage lecturers whose minimum qualifications were lower than a masters degree, and that the current lecturers, whose qualifications were lower than the minimum, would be supported to upgrade their knowledge, to enable them to deliver effectively.

He disclosed that the school would be introducing new courses relevant to national development needs, in collaboration with some local and international institutions, and mentioned some of the new courses to be introduced as Diploma in Agriculture Production, Diploma in Quarantine and Phytosanitary Measures, Diploma in Fisheries and Aquaculture, Diploma in Medical Laboratory Technician, and Diploma in Nursing.

Dr. Afun noted that the new courses were relevant in the national development process, because currently, the country had no well crafted curriculum to train the officers employed to man our borders to deliver effectively, and that Quarantine and Phytosanitary activities along the country’s borders, and within the country, leaves much to be desired.

He continued that the country had many waterbodies like the Volta Lake, rivers and the ocean, but fish prices were unacceptable, because the nation continued to rely on the same crude methods used so many years ago to fish.

Dr. Afun noted that there was much to be accomplished, and stressed the need for the people to eschew all forms of complacency, laziness, and strip off the pull him down attitude (PHD), which he said, would not help in achieving the plans outlined.

The immediate past Rector of the Polytechnic, Dr. Komla Dzisi, on his part, said the polytechnic had achieved a lot over the years, particularly, in the areas of infrastructure development, and called on teachers and students, as well as stakeholders, to support the new Rector, Dr. Afun, to continue with the development process of the school.

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