The Wa Polytechnic on Saturday, September 28, 2019, held its 7th Congregation for the 2017/2018 academic year with a total of two hundred and forty (240) students receiving certificates in Higher National Diploma (HND) after successfully meeting their course requirements. The certificates awarded were in Engineering, Applied Science, Applied Art and Business Studies.
The chairman for the Wa Polytechnic Council, Professor Daniel Baga in his address said that, the institution is faced with numerous challenges, but that its major challenge is the non-conversion of the polytechnic into a technical university. ‘Our main challenge is our conversion. As governing Council, we have and still do our bid by way of giving the needed support to guarantee smooth administration and academic work’. He said.
In his report on the state of the Polytechnic, the acting Vice Rector, Idrisu Mwinimpuo Mohammed bemoaned the challenges the polytechnic is facing due to the limited number of staff they have. He however thanked the staff for their hard work and dedication to duty.
He went further to suggest that the staffing challenge could also be hinged on the polytechnic not being converted into a technical university. He stressed that, ‘the continues delay in the conversion of the Wa and Bolgatanga polytechnics into technical universities is further driving down enrolment and also forcing faculty and staff to begin moving to the other side where they feel the grasses are greener and indeed the grasses are greener’.
Mr. Idrisu Mwinimpuo Mohammed also attributed the dwindling enrolment to the polytechnic on the institution not having residential facilities. ‘Wa Polytechnic is the only public tertiary institution in the country without students’ hostel. I’m using this opportunity to appeal to government and GETFUND [secretariat] to do us a favor by allocating funds specifically for the project,’ the Ag. Vice Rector stated.
Special Guest of Honour at the Congregation, the Upper West Regional Minister, Dr. Hafiz Bin Salih reiterated government’s commitment to enhancing the quality of education in the country.
The congregation saw several stakeholders including representatives of professional bodies, alumni of the polytechnic, and the general public in attendance.