By Anthony Apubeo, GNA
7, GNA – The next government of the Convention People’s Party (CPP) will work
hard to make sure that education from the basic to the tertiary level is made
free for all Ghanaians, Mr James Kwabena Bomfeh Jnr, Acting General Secretary
of the Party has said.
He said the CPP
would focus on building a solid human resource base that would be sensitive,
responsible and responsive enough to contribute significantly to the
sustainable development of the country.
Secretary was speaking at the Regional Delegates’ Congress of the party in
Bolgatanga in the Upper East Region, where new regional executives were
Mr Bomfeh Jnr
stated that the CPP would review the educational system to make second cycle
institutions part of the free compulsory basic education initiative and make
tertiary education with technical and vocational institutions inclusive, free,
to help develop the necessary human resource for development.
He said it was
wrong for government to convert the polytechnics in the country into technical
universities explaining that polytechnics had the mandate to train and equip
students with technical and vocational skills and to give students the skills
significant to national development, so turning them into universities was a
deviation from their mandate.
“What you need
to do is to enhance the capacities of the faculties, raise the standards for
which students are admitted and make sure staff are well taken care of so that
they will be able to -offer the best tertiary education that we can have at the
He said the
curricula of polytechnics could be reviewed and raised to the status of
universities to offer quality services without necessarily changing the name.
Mr Bomfeh Jnr
attributed the numerous challenges confronting the economy to lack of research
and prudent planning, adding that, it was only the CPP that had the vision to
restore hope in the lives of Ghanaians.
Secretary promised that all the defunct factories would be fully revamped to
produce goods and services in order to reduce imports and create job avenues
for the teeming youth, to improve lives.
delegate’s conference, which was part of preparation towards the national
congress saw the election of regional chairman and the regional women’s
organizer, while the other portfolios were declared unopposed by popular
Ibrahim, the incumbent chairman polled 71 votes to beat his only competitor Mr
More Abanga who had 43 votes, from the 115 valid votes cast, while Madam Zaliya
Ibrahim, the incumbent Women Organizer who had 35 votes lost to Madam Awallatu
Seidu who had 79 votes.
exception of the Mr Yussif Anaba, the Youth Organizer who is incumbent, the
rest of the executives were new members.
They are Mr
Francis Bia, the first Vice Chairman, Mr Isaac Nyaaba, second Vice Chairman, Mr
Hamidu Atambire Akumperigiya, Organizer, Mr Benjamin Anafo, Secretary, Mr Elvis
Abagubire, Education Secretary and Madam Linda Akazabre, Treasurer.
exception of Bawku Central, which had outstanding issues to resolve, 135
delegates from the remaining 14 constituencies were expected to vote.