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‘Don’t rush in converting polytechnics to universities’

April 27, 2016, 9:25 a.m.

AN education think-tank, Viam Africa has advised government to hasten slowly in the conversion of polytechnics to universities.

In an interview with The Finder, the Executive Director of the organisation, Dr Prince H. Armah, said there was no point in rushing the implementation of the concept.

He critically traced the history of technical and vocational education and training (TVET) in Ghana, highlighting significant challenges of polytechnic education, and made recommendations to government to ensure that the intended conversion of the 10 polytechnics to technical universities become successful.

"A comprehensive secondary education system in which general secondary education and technical and vocational education and training are delivered in the same school should be pursued, with the view to stimulating a parity of esteem between GSE and TVET. Examples can be found in Sweden and in Scotland," he said. 

He said his organisation would urge government to slow down the conversion process for the next two years. "This would allow for a complete review of the curriculum and ensure they meet proper accreditation requirements".

Again, stakeholders should be able to address the structural weaknesses (e.g. progression) in the technical/vocational training system. "In our view, such hasty policy interventions have often undermined the quality of our education system". 

The implementation of the 1987 and 2007 education reform recommendations are few examples, Dr Armah added.


Disclaimer: The views expressed in this news report do not necessarily reflect the position of the National Development Planning Commission (NDPC)