Professor Akwasi Asabere-Ameyaw, Vice Chancellor of the University of Education, Winneba, has appealed to government to resource the technical and vocational laboratories of the College of Technology Education, Kumasi, of the University, to enable it discharge its mandate effectively.
He said since the new education reform placed premium on technical and vocational training, it was necessary to provide the College with adequate equipment to enable it train teachers for vocational and technical subjects at the basic and secondary schools.
Professor Asabere-Ameyaw who was speaking at the 12th Matriculation ceremony of the College in Kumasi on Saturday, said most of the equipment at the laboratories had become obsolete.
He said 1,448 out of 5,126 applicants who applied for programmes at the University were admitted to pursue regular and part-time courses in Bachelor of Education in Accounting, Management, Technology, Vocational and Technical as well as Information and Communication Technology Education.
Others programmes were Bachelor of Science in Administration, Bachelor of Business Administration, Masters in E-Commerce and Marketing, Master of Philosophy in Wood Technology and one year Certificate in Education.
Prof. Asabere-Ameyaw said the increasing number of enrolment at the College called for the provision of adequate infrastructure and equipment to promote academic work.
He commended government for the provision of classroom facilities, staff accommodation and the expansion of hall of residence for the students.
Prof. Asabere-Ameyaw advised the fresh students to take their studies seriously to enable them to pass their examinations,live above reproach and to be disciplined.
Prof. Steve Sobotie, Principal of the College, said out of the 1448 students admitted, only 180 were offered residential accommodation.
He appealed to private organizations including the Banks to invest in academic facilities to facilitate academic work.
Prof Sobotie asked the students to take good care of the facilities at the College in order to prolong their lifespan.