The interim Vice Chancellor of Sunyani Technical University is calling on government to place priority on Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) in the country.

Speaking at the 11th congregation of the University, Prof. Ing. Kwadwo Adinkra-Appiah  appealed to the government to also consider extending free senior high school education program  to benefit TVET, Science and technology students to make the subject attractive for the youth to study Science, Technology and TVET programmes in the Technical Universities.

He again called on the National Council for Tertiary Education to grant Technical Universities the necessary clearance to run more programmes.

"As I speak,  none of the Technical Universities has received clearance to run the 4-year B-Tech programmes, and this is a looming danger as the TUs will not be able to contribute significantly to absorbing the products of the Free SHS in September 2019, without clearance to run the 4-year B-Tech programmes" he expressed worry.

The chairman of council of the university, Ing. Dr. Kwame Agyeman Boakye bemoaned the tendency where technical universities are adopting the ways of traditional universities without the exercise of appropriate discretion.

"Such a tendency could, potentially undermine the very essence of the Technical University concept. These universities were establisehed to use the application of Science, Technology, Engineering and Innovation to find solutions to basic problems in their area of operation" he indicated.

He however hinted the institutions are expected to train students to be practically -oriented which means we need people from industry with practical experience to train students in these institutions.

Speaking on behalf of the Deputy Minister of Education Prof. Kwesi Yankah, Dr Tina Abrefa Gyan admonished graduands to take advantage of the existing government policies to start up their own businesses rather than scrumbling for the few existing ones.

"You can, for instance explore opportunities under government's One-District One-Factory policy, the Planting for Food and Jobs programme, the National Entrepreneurial and Innovation Programme (NEIP), among others which have been crafted to facilitate the sheeting up of new businesses as well a the expansion of existing ones" he observed.

A total 1,422 students graduated with various degrees and certificates comprising B-Tech in Engineering, Higher National Diploma (HND), and other Diplomas in EngineeringApplied Science and Technology as well as Business and Management Studies.

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