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Take advantage of government's investment in TVET

BY: Shirley Asiedu-Addo
Rev. Prof. Owusu-Sekyere, VC of the Cape Coast Technical University, addressing  the students
Rev. Prof. Owusu-Sekyere, VC of the Cape Coast Technical University, addressing the students

The Vice Chancellor (VC) of the Cape Coast Technical University (CCTU) Rt Rev. Professor Joshua Danso Owusu-Sekyere has advised technical university students to optimise government's emphasis on technical vocational education and training (TVET) to build themselves into invaluable human assets ready to support the forward march of the national accelerated development.

He noted that the future of the nation squarely lay on the shoulders of technical education and its products and urged the students to work hard to justify the investments made in them to propel the nation's growth.

"The expectation of the nation of you is very high and we hope you will realise that and ensure that you take advantage of all that is provided in the institution to make you an asset to the nation,” Rev. Prof. Owusu-Sekyere said at this year’s matriculation ceremony.

Statistics

The university, this year, increased its admissions by 13.7  per cent as compared to the figure that was admitted last year.

A total of 1,619 students comprising of 429 Bachelor of Technology students, 694 Higher National Diploma students and 506 Diploma students were admitted this year. The number is made up of 834 males and 785 females.

Rev. Prof. Owusu-Sekyere said the university had introduced new four-year B-Tech, diploma and some certificate courses expanding its intake.

Accommodation

He said it was worrying that the university still had only one hostel facility adding that the university was still in talks with investors on the construction of more hostels to ease the accommodation problem.

"We have signed a number of agreementss and are hopeful that work will begin on one or two hostels before the end of this semester," he stated.

COVID-19

Touching on the impact of the COVID 19, Rev. Prof. Owusu-Sekyere said the institution had recommended a blended mode of learning of online teaching and face to face to avoid having large numbers of students in lecture halls.

He noted that the Students Representative Council (SRC) was facilitating the acquisition of tablets for all students and encouraged them to get those tablets for effective teaching and learning.

Rev. Prof. Owusu-Sekyere said the CCTU, as a leading innovative and entrepreneurial technical university in the country with local, national and global influence, had produced students who were goal oriented, critical thinkers and adequately equipped to provide solutions to local, national and global challenges.

He advised the matriculants to be careful with their choices and actions by calling on them to respect and value time to achieve their academic goals.