General News of Monday, 10 March 2003

Source: Daily Graphic

Ho Poly to Offer Degree Courses

The Ho Polytechnic, in affiliation with Technicon Pretoria in South Africa, will start running a Bachelor of Technology Degree Programme as from next year.

The Principal, Dr. G.M. Afeti, said in an interview at Ho that the B. Tech courses will include Construction Management, Manufacturing Technology, Automobile Engineering, Food and Beverage Management and Fashion Design Technology.

He said the polytechnic will apply for accreditation in June this year, from the National Accreditation Board for the B. Tech programmes. He however, did not disclose the amount required for the commencement of the degree programmes.

However, Dr Afeti said that, as part of the preparations towards the B.Tech programmes, the polytechnic has embarked on a vigorous move to recruit well-qualified, highly-skilled and practically-oriented lecturers and instructors for the various disciplines.

According to him, the degree programmes are designed as Post-Higher National Diploma career-focused skills training courses of 18-month duration, ?divided into three equal semesters of lecture, structured and supervised industrial attachment, and a practical project?.

Currently, the polytechnic offers courses in Applied Science and Technology, Engineering and Business. Dr. Afeti said that the polytechnic is a secular and non-partisan public technological institution, adding that, ?Admissions and academic awards are based on merit

He explained that academic and social interactions within the polytechnic are governed by the principles of fair play, justice, moral rectitude and respect for authority, human rights and the environment.