It also appealed to President Mahama to hold on with making any statement regarding the selection and conversion of Polytechnics to technical universities in his State of the Nation address until this matter was resolved.

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The coalition, whose membership has risen to nine groups, in less than a week of its formation, has said it wanted the NCTE to provide satisfactory answers on the selection process and other related issues by Monday, February 22, otherwise it would consider other options.

“Our lawyers are looking at the possibility of taking legal action against the NCTE on the matter,” a statement read by the spokesperson of the Coalition, Mr. Richmond Yeboah, at a media conference, held on the C-Poly Campus, on Friday, stated.

The statement, which was to rebut NTCE’s response to the Coalition’s enquiry into alleged unfairness in the selection process, described NTCE’s response as “unsatisfactory, hollow, and unacceptable”.

It said the response suggested that NCTE had no justification or whatever to exclude the C-Poly from the list of six polytechnics to be converted without recourse to its ranking; and that it totally disagreed with the NTCE’s position that the process was transparent and objective.

Government is set to convert some polytechnics into technical universities in September in fulfilment of it’s the National Democratic Congress’s campaign promise of bridging the gap between academia and industry and training students with employable skills for economic transformation.

At a media conference on Monday, February, 15 , the Coalition enquired why C-Poly had been left out of a list of six polytechnics to be converted in the first phase, though a technical committee set up by the NTCE in July last year, to assess the 10 polytechnics had ranked C-Poly as the sixth.

The coalition did not understand why, Ho Polytechnic ,which was ranked seventh, was on the proposed list and, therefore, accused the Deputy Minister of Education in charge of Tertiary Education, Mr. Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa of favoring Ho Polytechnic, in line with an alleged statement to the on the issue.

The Deputy Minister has denied any interference or wrong doing, describing the allegation as, ‘wicked’.

In a response to issues raised at the said conference, the NTCE issued a copious statement on Thursday, February 18, explaining among other issues that the Technical Committee’s report to the NTCE was advisory and that other consultative meetings were held before the six polytechnics were selected.

It said the process was done in a transparent manner devoid of room for individuals or groups either based on political or regional considerations and that polytechnics that do not meet the conversion criteria for the first phase would be assisted to upgrade to meet the eligibility criteria.

But to this the Coalition, at its second media conference the following day, reacted urging the NTCE to clarify, among others, the essence for which the Technical Committee was set up, if its report was for advisory purposes and subject to review by the NTCE.

It also asking the NTCE to make public, the criteria it used in assessing the polytechnics in their own review, after receiving the Committee’s report; likewise the recommendations of the technical committees.

According to the statement, contrary to the argument that the C-poly was not ready not for the conversion, the Polytechnic had rectified all the shortcomings, such as weak governance and the retooling of its laboratories, which were identified by the Technical committee, during its assessment.

The coalition comprise the Central Region Youth for Development; Fante Students’ Association; Concerned Youth of Cape Coast North; Cape Coast Development Association; Abura Youth Confederacy; Ghana Muslim Students Alumni; Students’ Representative Council; and the Market Women’s Association.

GNA

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