Bill to transform polytechnics to varsities to be laid before parl.

Bill to transform polytechnics to varsities to be laid before parl.

President Mahama has disclosed that a bill to give legal backing to the conversion of Polytechnics to Technical universities is expected to be laid before parliament after its draft was  approved last week. 

The Technical Universities’ bill when approved will also replace the current Polytechnic Act of 2007(Act 745), which mandates the institutions to produce skilled middle level manpower for industry as well as hands-on entrepreneurs to enhance the social-economic development of the country.

Meanwhile six out the 10 polytechnics that met the conversion criteria have been earmarked for the phase one of the conversion, which begins in the 2016/17 academic year.According to President Mahama, the conversion would not just be a mere change of name but rather “a new culture and character with a more purposeful and definitive direction; which will emphasize a close engagement with the world of work, without disengaging with the requisite academic orientation of higher educational institutions.”President Mahama has thus urged the soon-to-be Technical universities to stay focused on their core mandate of training students in technical and vocational skills to meet the demand of industry.

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