Cape Coast Poly Alumni To Sue NCTE

The Coalition of Central Region Youth and the Alumni of Cape Coast Polytechnic have threatened to sue the National Council for Tertiary Education if it fails to include the polytechnic among the first six to be converted into technical universities.

Their threat comes in the wake of a reply given by the council in response to a recent press conference held by the coalition.  At the said press conference, the group accused the Education Ministry of allegedly smuggling the Ho Polytechnic into the list of six polytechnics that are to be converted into technical universities.

According to them, answers provided by the Council in response to their press conference were unacceptable, untenable and hollow. The group made this known at a press conference held on Friday in reaction to NCTE’s response to their earlier Press Conference.

It would be recalled that the above mentioned group on Monday 15, 2016, at a press conference alleged that the Cape Coast Polytechnic, which was ranked 6th in the country and, therefore, qualified to be among the first 6 polytechnics to be converted into technical universities, has been rejected and replaced with Ho Polytechnic.

However, the NCTE, in response to the group’s allegations, stated emphatically that the whole conversion process was fair and transparent.  It added that there was no room for an individual or group of individuals, based on political or regional consideration, to influence the national agenda and vision of His Excellency President John Dramani Mahama.

Nevertheless, the group said the explanation by the NCTE was unsatisfactory and, therefore, demanded full disclosure of the names of polytechnics that have been earmarked for the first phase of the conversion process.

They also demanded the criteria the NCTE used in assessing the polytechnics in their own review, among other things.  They argued that the Cape Coast Polytechnic is fully prepared in terms of readiness, and stands a better chance to be considered than most of the private universities that passed the NCTE’s assessment.

“We wish to put on record that Cape Coast Polytechnic is by far ready and must be converted under phase 1,” they added. “The NCTE must provide us satisfactory answers latest by Monday 22nd February, 2016, or we shall advise ourselves accordingly. Meanwhile, our lawyers are also looking at the possibility of taking a legal action against the NCTE on the matter.”

From Naabenyin Joojo Amissah, Cape Coast

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