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Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Government urged to facilitate opportunities for self-employment among Polytechnic graduates

    Ho, May 16, (Kanyi/Mensah) GNA-Mr Gabriel Kploanyi, Volta Regional Director of Education on Monday urged government to provide the enabling “legal and socio-economic environment” to ensure that Polytechnic graduates   become self-employed.     
   “We have to give our students the skills to employ themselves after school because of the ever-growing number of graduates who remain unemployed after school,” he said.
       Mr Kploanyi who was speaking at the launch of this year’s Students Representative Council (SRC) Week said an enabling environment for self employment among graduates had become necessary for effective socio-economic development.      
   It was on the theme, “Re-positioning polytechnic education towards effective socio-economic development: The role of the stakeholder”.
        Mr Kploanyi said government’s fiscal policy should ensure that low interest credits were available to graduates ready to start their own businesses.
      He said polytechnic students have important roles to play in re-positioning Polytechnic education towards effective socio-economic development and urged students to be disciplined, decent and respect authority.
      Mr Kploanyi asked them to see self-employment as a viable alternative and equip themselves with knowledge and skills to be self-reliant.
       “It is time students begin to dream their own companies, form business partnerships and start planning the execution of same”, he said.
      Mr Kploanyi urged Polytechnics to take advantage of the oil and gas industry and prepare their students to venture into its related ventures.
     Mr Joseph Amenowode, Volta Regional Minister urged polytechnic students to equip themselves with practical knowledge and skills to effectively work in the middle level manpower positions.     
   He advised them to shun occultism, cyber fraud and drug abuse and be focused on their studies to become responsible future leaders.
      Mr Eric Komla Tsitsia, SRC President of Ho Polytechnic noted that sections of the public continued to denigrate students from polytechnics and called on government and the media to help halt that practice.
16 May 11

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