Government through the GETFUND has so far disbursed ¢359b over the past five years for the provision of academic facilities and infrastructure development on polytechnic campuses in the country.
This reinforces government's decision to equip the polytechnics to enable them to offer tertiary education in their own right.
Vice President Alhaji Aliu Mahama made the observation at the 6th Congregation of Ho Polytechnic at Ho in the Volta region. He said out of the amount the Ho Polytechnic in the Volta regional capital about 200km from Accra benefited from ¢54b for development, projects.
The Vice president asked Polytechnics not to copy the Universities in terms of curricular development. Rather they should concentrate on teaching practical skills needed to run the productive sectors of the economy.
Alhaji Aliu congratulated Ho Polytechnic for being the first accredited to offer the Bachelor of Technology Degree in selected programmes.
Alhaji Aliu advised the graduating class to resist the temptation of seeking greener pastures outside the country. The future of the country, he said, is bright and they can help to make it brighter and greener.
Enumerating achievements of the Polytechnic under his administration the out-0going Principal of the School George Mawusi Afeti said, among other things that the Polytechnic provided the Volta region with its first FM radio station, Volta Premier, in 1997 and is the first tertiary institution in Ghana to develop an HIV/AIDS policy.
He said the Polytechnic has secured an amount of US$66,000 from the Teaching and Learning Innovation Fund to implement the policy.