Wednesday, September 28, 2016


 By: Kwamina Bamfo-Agyei
According to the statement signed by the Minister of Education Prof. Nana Jane Opoku Agyemang has revealed that the government has given executive approval  for Cape Coast  and Tamale Polytechnics to be upgraded to technical universities.

Prof. Opoku Agyemang directed the National Council for Tertiary Education to communicate the executive approval to both polytechnics and take necessary steps to ensure a smooth and orderly transfer of all the eight polytechnics that have been upgraded.

Infulfilment of government's pledged to upgrade Polytechnics to degree awarding Technical Institutions, the Technical Universities Act 2016 (Act 922) has been enacted by Parliament.
Earlier when the expert pannel carried out their assessment Cape Coast was not selected due to Governance structure because at the time most of the principal positions except the rector position were occupied in acting capacity. The Ministry of Finance gave a clearance for the institution to employ, hence principal officers have been employed.

The eight Technical universities are Koforidua Technical University; Technical University of Kumasi,Takoradi Technical University, Suyani Technical University, Ho Technical University, Accra Technical University, Cape Coast Technical University, and Tamale Technical University.

For the past eight years the institution has been offering the following programme Bachelor of Technology in Accounting with Computing; Bachelor of Technology in Building Technology; and Bachelor of Technology in Mechanical Engineering.

Prof. Lawrence Atepor (Founding Vice Chancellor)
This academic year the following programme will begin,  Bachelor in Electrical and Electronics Engineering; Bachelor of Statistics; Bachelor in Management Studies; Bachelor in Marketing; Bachelor of Purchasing and Supply; Master of Technology in Civil Engineering; Master of Technology in Construction Technology.

Students and staffs of the institution are excited when the heard the news that their school has been upgraded. The students and staffs expressed their gratitude to the Founding Vice Chancellor Prof. Lawrence Atepor and the Governing Council for their leadership style and landmark achievements.

June 20 2016 edition of Central Press we published that "The  Deputy Minister of Education in-charge of Tertiary Hon. Samuel Okudjato Ablakwa  has disclosed that the second assessment report on Cape Coast Polytechnic as technical university is ready and the Minister of Education will make a pronouncement very soon of which Cape Coast will be happy."
It will also be recalled that at a stakeholders’ forum on January 6, 2015, participants unanimously agreed  that the conversion should not be done for all polytechnics at a go, but in phases, based on an assessment of each polytechnic. - See more at: