Converting polytechnics to universities was not planned properly – Former GES boss

Converting polytechnics to universities was not planned properly – Former GES boss

- A former Director-General of the GES has blamed the Mahama administration for converting polytechnics into universities

- According to Charles Tsegah, the process was not carefully evaluated before it was implemented

- He revealed that the Mahama administration did not think of enrollment of students into the institutions

A former Director-General of the Ghana Education Service (GES), Charles Tsegah, has faulted the John Mahama administration for converting polytechnics to universities.

According to a report by MyNewsGH.com, Tsegah argued that the entire process was not carefully evaluated before it was implemented.

He explained that the Mahama administration did not consider the process involved in enrolling students into the various technical universities that were converted.

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Former GES boss, Charles Aheto Tsegah
Source: UGC

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According to him, the National Democratic Congress (NDC) government should have placed a premium on making vocational education much attractive at the second cycle level before thinking of converting the polytechnics into technical universities.

“The NDC did not make any effort to show we are promoting technical schools. The government of the NDC when in power, stained the institutions with dirt and set up technical universities, but they did not think about how the technical universities will be populated,” Tsegah argued.

He went on to say that Ghanaians are desirous of enrolling their wards into the universities, and have little or no regard for technical education.

This, he added, is because the government has failed to develop technical institutions.

He then urged the current government to put measures in place so that those in the technical and vocational schools will get the chance of being educated at the universities.

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