Accra Polytechnic admits over 3,000 fresh students

Accra Polytechnic has admitted 3,781 students for the 2012/2013 Academic Year.

Out of the number, 2376 representing 62.8 per cent have registered with the School of Business and Management Studies; 795 with School of Applied Sciences and Arts and 610 were enrolled at the School of Engineering.

Dr Sylvester Achio, Rector of the Polytechnic, said at the 20th matriculation ceremony in Accra that this year’s selection exercise was very competitive and different from the previous period.

He said the selection of the qualified applicants was done by the Admission Board while the scrutiny of the result slips and the determination of qualified candidates was carried out by the Executive Committee.

“Management wishes to assure the public and remind the few students who managed to sneak through the selection process with fake results that the effort to weed out unqualified applicants is on-going and will continue even after this matriculation ceremony,” he said.

Dr Achio said Management was committed to introduce new academic programmes that would ensure gender balance in enrollments ad and remove stereotyping that makes some programmes unattractive.

He said the Polytechnic would mount Bachelor of Technology (BTECH) degree programmes in some departments during the 2013/2014 academic year.

Dr Achio said “We will soon be admitting the third cohort of students to the BTECH programme in Fashion Design and Textiles and the second batch of students to the BTECH Science Laboratory Technology programme.”

He asked the fresh students to eschew all social vices and organise their lives profitably to overcome the academic obstacles diligently and lay a very good foundation for themselves.

Dr Achio advised the students to avoid alcoholism, drug abuse, unbridled sexual activities, indecent and offensive dressing, adding that the school would not compromise on the enforcement of its rules and regulations.

Professor Joshua Alabi, Accra Polytechnic Council Chairman, said the school is poised to provide service, academic excellence and the necessary opportunities for students to excel and urged the freshmen and women to take advantage of the environment to better their lots.

“Dear fresh students, the Polytechnic strives to maintain an atmosphere of honesty in all its activities. In doing this, we desire that as you sign the covenant of admission, you would conform to all rules and regulations of the Polytechnic.

“I hope that your three years stay in Accra Polytechnic will help draw out the very best in you as the astute Engineer, Entrepreneur, Businessman and women that you so wish to become in future,” he added.

Mr Edwin Mends-Brew, the Vice Rector, urged the students to work hard to excel in their various disciplines.

Source: GNA

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