Regional News of 2014-01-07

Compulsory vocational training for K’dua Poly students

Authorities of the Koforidua Polytechnic have initiated a programme to take students through various vocational courses in addition to their selected programmes of study.

Under the programme, which takes effect this year, students would have the choice of taking vocational training in livestock and bee-keeping, hair dressing, bread making, barbering, batik making and mobile phone repair.

The Rector of the polytechnic, Professor Reynold Okai, who made this known at the 18th matriculation of the institution, said the initiative was to make the students self-employed after their graduation.

A total of 4,224 students were offered admission to study various programmes at the Bachelor of Technology and Higher National Diploma levels.

According to Prof. Okai, the polytechnic had to adopt such a measure which he said pertained in Nigerian polytechnics so that students who would not readily get jobs after graduation would be self-employed.

He said although students of the polytechnics were taken through entrepreneurship as a subject, unemployment among the graduates still persisted, and as such, the polytechnic had to adopt such an initiative so that those who would not readily get jobs would be able to generate income.

Nigerian model

“We have to go by this approach which is a model developed by the Federal Government of Nigeria so that our graduates will also be self-employed as soon as they leave campus”, Prof. Okai stated to a thunderous applause from the student body.

With regard to quality tuition, Prof. Okai said his outfit had been admitting the best students who were given the best tuition by well qualified lecturers who were often assisted to continuously upgrade themselves to stand the test of time.

DNA laboratory

He announced that the polytechnic would soon start a new programme, HND in Medical Laboratory Technology with a DNA testing laboratory; the first of its kind in any tertiary institution in the country.

Prof. Okai cautioned the new students against occultism, casual sex and examination malpractices, adding that such negative tendencies would only prevent them from achieving their aims.

Rather, he said they should make judicious use of their time by studying hard to justify the investment being made in their education by their parents.

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