The Cape Coast Technical University (CCTU) has inaugurated a five-member Appeals Board chaired by Mr Justice Peter Kwabena Ababio, Retired High Court Judge.
The effort is to reposition the institution to give a strong boost to the national industrialisation drive.
The other members are Dr Ekua Tekyiwa Salifu, from the Academia, Mr Ackaah Gyesi, Lawyer, Nana Aisha Salifu, Lawyer, and Nana Baah VII representing Nkusukum Traditional Council.
Professor Harold Amonoo Koufie, Chair of the Governing Council, who inaugurated the Board and administered the oath of office, urged them to create an enabling environment for students to fully develop their potential.
He said Technical and Vocational Education Training (TVET) is the gateway to the world of work which could help alleviate poverty, reduce the rate of school dropouts and assist the teeming youth to secure decent jobs.
It is regrettable, he said, that some Ghanaians considered it as the preserve for second class citizens and reiterated the need to give technical education in the country the needed attention to help solve the rising unemployment problem.
Outlining the mandate of the Board, Prof Amonoo-Kuofie said the institution has evolved from a Polytechnic to a University and therefore needed to be re-positioned to address stakeholders’ demand for quality technical education and value for money.
He called on members to play their various roles efficiently to make the body effective and the institution the foremost centre of academic excellence in Africa.
The Appeals Board will among others hear and determine on appeal, matters concerning acts or omissions in contravention of the Technical Universities Act (Act 922), or the Statutes enacted by the Governing Council of the University including breach of employment contracts by the University.
Others include the promotion of persons duly employed by the Technical University, resolve grievances by students against the Technical University on matters relating to the welfare and discipline; or any other matter or dispute referred to them by the Governing Council.
This would not only consolidate their core mandate of providing quality higher technical and vocational education, but also facilitate their contribution towards national development.
In achieving these aims, they should endeavour to raise the morale of faculty, staff and students and to ensure that an atmosphere of trust and equity prevailed on campus as a reliable dispute resolution strategy.
The Council Chair urged them to be hard-working, fair and resolute, taking decisions without fear or favour, affection or ill will.
“As Governing Council, our aim is to steer the University to respond to the changing dynamics of the educational strategy of the government so that we can contribute effectively to the wave of industrialization within the country”.
He thanked the past council members for their valuable contributions towards enhancing the image of the University, urging the new Board to be assertive and work assiduously for a sustained mission and vision.
Justice Ababio, on behalf of the members, thanked management for the honour done them and pledged to provide a strategic direction to management with respect to the University’s mission and vision.