WA POLYTECHNIC COUNCIL DISSOLVED

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NATIONAL COUNCIL FOR TERTIARY EDUCATION ON THE DISSOLUTION OF WA POLYTECHNIC COUNCIL

In response to the protracted litigation at the Wa Polytechnic, which has dragged on for almost two years now, His Excellency, the President, upon the advice of the National Council for Tertiary Education (NCTE), has authorized the Ministry of Education to dissolve the Governing Council of the Wa Polytechnic with immediate effect.

Concurrently, a three-member Interim Management Committee has been appointed to take charge over the day to day management of the Polytechnic and to take specific steps to restore normalcy in the governance of the Polytechnic within the next four (4) months.

Members of the Committee are:
Professor Amin Alhassan – Chairman
Dean, Faculty of Agribusiness and
Communication Sciences,
University for Development Studies, Tamale 

Mr. Chris Ackmann Ackumey  – Member
Legal Practitioner

Mrs. Mary Agyepong – Member/Secretary
Former Registrar, Koforidua Polytechnic

The National Council for Tertiary Education regrets that matters have had to come to this point. The problem has persisted in spite of the best efforts of the Council and the Ministry of Education at having it resolved. A Ministerial Committee was initially tasked to carry out a thorough investigation of the various complaints and petitions, which largely centered on issues related to the decision of the Council to renew the term of office of the Rector for two years after expiry of his initial four-year contract at the time. The situation was further aggravated by an impasse between the Rector on the one hand and the former Registrar and Finance Officer on the other.

Following investigations, the Committee engaged all the parties concerned in a process aimed at reaching an amicable settlement. However, the significant progress that appeared to have been made through the mediation was quickly derailed due to a renewed round of litigations. At this point the Ministry of Education intervened directly and summoned the parties to Accra for talks but even this effort was to no avail.

The situation severely hampered administrative procedures and adversely affected teaching and learning at the Polytechnic, resulting in low staff and student morale. It also undermined the position of the Polytechnic in the on-going efforts to convert Polytechnics into Technical Universities.

In the circumstances, therefore, the NCTE was left with no other choice than to recommend dissolution of the Governing Council alongside implementation of other special administrative measures.

We call on all stakeholders, including students and their parents, staff and alumni and the wider community as a whole, to give their fullest support to the work of the Committee in order to restore normalcy to the business of the Polytechnic in the shortest time possible.

Issued by Management of the National Council for Tertiary Education (NCTE)
Dated April 28, 2016

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