Rev. John Ntim Fordjour, the country’s Deputy Minister of Education, has challenged the Governing Councils of Technical Universities to continue to their fundamental purpose of driving the growth of technical education.
He said that in order to do this, they must maintain a high intake of scientific and technology-based courses as their primary emphasis, rather than the existing scenario, in which some technical universities have a greater intake of humanities than science and technological courses.
The appeal came from Rev. Ntim Fordjour, who introduced a five-year strategic plan for the Accra Technical University on Monday.
The 66-page Strategic Plan (2021-2025) is built on eight pillars: quality and motivated human resources, effective governance, availability of authorized infrastructure and processes, internalization and university visibility, industry and community involvement.
Impact-oriented research and innovation, improving students’ experiences, financial and employee wellbeing, and support services round out the remaining pillars.
The comprehensive and rigorous implementation of the 5-year strategic plan is intended to aid in the advancement of Accra Technical University’s fortunes and performance.
Reverend Fordour praised the 14-member strategic planning group for their efforts in bringing the new strategy to fruition.
“Do everything necessary to guarantee that you implement this strategic plan and do not let it sit on the shelf collecting dust,” Rev. Ntim Fordjour said.
He then challenged various stakeholders in the school to properly play their roles in ensuring that the implementation resulted in major improvements and transformations in the University’s operations.
The Deputy Minister described how certain Technical Universities admitted a large number of students to the humanities rather than science and technology, which was their primary concentration.
He said that the Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo-led government’s massive investment in the Technical Education Sector over the last five years demonstrated his ambition in industrializing the country’s economy.
“To catch up with the rest of the world in the fourth industrial revolution,” he added, “critical thinking and other abilities needed to assist the growth of the industry” were required.
Prof. Samuel Nii Odai, Vice-Chancellor of the Accra Technical University, expressed optimism that with the publication of the strategic plan, all possible would be done to guarantee that the University and the country ascended to greater heights.
He urged all stakeholders in the school to rally behind the governing council so that it could lead the university’s growth agenda.
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