The New Patriotic Party’s 2016 presidential candidate, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, has questioned the piecemeal approach being adopted by the Mahama administration in the conversion of polytechnics into universities.
According to him this development has left some polytechnics at a huge disadvantage, noting that the current situation where the Cape Coast, Wa, Bolgatanga and Tamale polytechnics are yet to be converted into technical universities is not the way to go.
It will be recalled that earlier this year students and lecturers of the Cape Coast Polytechnic demonstrated over their exclusion from the list of six polytechnics to be transformed into technical universities in September, 2015. This resulted in the disruption of academic activities on the campuses of these polytechnics, notably in the Cape Coast polytechnic.
But Nana Addo during his tour of the Central region addressed students of Cape Coast polytechnic on Friday, June 17, 2016 and said the implementation of this policy is fraught with a lot of dangers.
“We cannot do this policy piecemeal. Either you are doing it for everybody, or you are not doing it at all. We can’t have a situation where some are picked and some are left out of the process. It is not a good idea. Let us make sure that all the polytechnics in our country, in each of the regions, have the same infrastructure and the same level of development. Then we can make the transition for all of them. But pick some and leave some out, then you are disadvantaging and destabilising the ones that you have left out,” he said.
He further opined that: “everything that John Mahama does, there is no proper preparation and there is no proper follow through of the idea”.