Transition from Polytechnic to Technical Universities: The Role of the Sunyani Polytechnic Library
The necessity for practical and skilled human resource for Ghana’s overall development cannot be over emphasized. Technical and vocational education is the sector that produces the essential skilled technical and professional human resource in adequate numbers for sustainable national development. Indubitably, national productivity is directly influenced by the technical and vocational education and training courses in the Polytechnics. Even though the Polytechnic provides the bulk of the skilled workforce which determines the country’s ability to compete globally, there is a public perception which considers these institutions as second rate in comparison to universities. The Government of Ghana in August, 2013, emphasized that polytechnics have the capacity to be transformed into universities as they had better facilities than some of the private universities accredited to run degree programmes. Also, they will be in a better position to train labour that is practically oriented to fill the middle level manpower which is a pre-requisite for the growth of the Ghanaian economy. This has necessitated the need to upgrade the polytechnics into technical universities in order to curtail the perception associated with the products of polytechnics in the country. The paper therefore, examines
the role Sunyani Polytechnic Library can play in facilitating the transition of the Polytechnic into a Technical University. It also highlights the stands of the Polytechnic Library in the 21 st Century.