Interim Vice Chancellor of the Bolgatanga Technical University in the Upper East Region, Professor Samuel Erasmus Alnaa, has made an appeal to government to help tackle the issue of inadequate teaching staff and insufficient lecture halls and accommodation facilities of the university.
Prof. Alnaa, made the appeal at the university’s 8th congregation in Sumbrungu on Saturday, July 25, 2020.
He said, the university was seriously constrained with lecture hall space and the anticipated increase in student numbers next academic year as a result of the graduation of the first batch of free SHS will be challenging for the school.
“Let me make an appeal to the government to also address the issue of inadequate teaching staff (lecturers), insufficient lecture halls and accommodation facilities in readiness for the first batch of the free senior high school graduates.
I understand the drawings and cost estimates of a lecture hall theater complex have been submitted to the GETFund through the NCTE as a priority project”.
Prof. Alnaa, further, appealed to government for financial clearance to employ more lecturers to augment the inadequate number of teaching staff in the school.
“It is still inadequate to meet our staffing needs for the various departments of the university, since we are bringing more programmes on board as well as the unavoidable arrival of the free SHS graduates.
We are pleading to government through the National Council for Tertiary Education (NCTE) to extend another kind hand to us by granting us more financial clearance”.
Prof. Alnaa commended government for the conversion of the school into a technical university, with a call on government to invest more in technical and vocational facilities of the university to deliver on its core mandate and also reduce graduate unemployment.
“All of these still needs government support to enable Bolgatanga Technical University achieve its new mandate which emphasizes Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET).
The importance of TVET education in our current dispensation is not far-fetched as it equips graduates with employable skills that can contribute significantly to the reduction of unemployment in our dear country”.
A total of 362 students who successfully completed their 3-year National Higher Diploma, 2-year Bachelor of Technology and professional Diploma programmes of the 2019 cohorts were graduated.
Prof. Alnaa, challenged the graduates to utilize their entrepreneurial skills and training to strive for excellence in their endeavors.
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