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17 July 2016

Conversion of Tamale, Cape Coast poly on course – Mahama

President John Mahama addressing the clergy in Ashanti RegionPresident John Mahama has said the outstanding issues that hindered the conversion of the Cape Coast and Tamale Polytechnics into technical Universities have been resolved.

Speaking during the inauguration of the engineering laboratory at the Tamale Polytechnic on Thursday, President John Dramani Mahama, noted that “Tamale polytechnic and Cape Coast polytechnic petitioned to be reassessed and I must say the reassessment is looking good”.

“Many of the initial issues that were raised by the assessing panel has been addressed and others are in the process of being addressed,” he added.

President Mahama further stated that “I am very positive that Tamale and Cape Coast poly will achieve conversion at the time that we agreed to start the conversion to technical universities”.

According to him, these institutions have attained the requirement of the assessment team and will soon be converted.

President Mahama also re-emphasized government`s commitment to providing the needed infrastructural support for state educational institutions.

Background

The conversion of polytechnics into universities was a policy of the National Democratic congress ahead of the 2012 elections.

Deputy Minister in charge of Tertiary Education, Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa earlier this year said the first phase of the conversion of polytechnics into technical universities, will take place in September this year, with six polytechnics.

A set of criteria was set up to be met by the yet to be converted polytechnics.

A panel of experts was assigned to assess the polytechnics yet to be converted to recommend to the National council for tertiary education which of the polytechnics should qualify for the first phase and those who have to be assisted to also come up to an appreciable level to be converted in the next phase.

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