|Mr. Ganyaglo (L) with the Dean of Students & Registrar|
The Ho Polytechnic in the Volta region, last Thursday launched the Dean of Students Foundation (DOSfund), with the aim of raising funds to support needy but brilliant students of the institution.
The foundation, according to the Polytechnic’s Dean of Students, Mr. Ben Honyenugah was necessitated by the numerous requests made to his office for financial assistance by some students who find it very difficult to foot their bills. A situation, he said negatively affect the academic performance of some the students.
He noted further that the foundation will also provide financial assistance to physically challenged students as well as female students studying Engineering and Science programmes.
Dr. Jakpasu Afun, Rector of the Polytechnic said financial difficulties and physical disability should not derail a person’s quest for higher education and was optimistic that the fund will help empower the students both academically and socially, especially in promoting gender equity in engineering and science education.
He also announced that Parliament has approved seven million dollars for the acquisition of modern equipment to refurbish the Polytechnic’s engineering workshops to enhance practical training of students.
The Deputy Volta Regional Minister Francis Ganyaglo who launched the foundation, lauded the polytechnic management for their foresight in putting up such an initiative to promote quality education of underprivileged students and called on other institutions to emulate the initiative.
Mr. Ganyaglo, who is a product and a former lecturer of the institution underscored the importance of polytechnic education in the human resource development of the nation and commended the Ho Polytechnic for producing the requisite skilled manpower to accelerate economic development.
He reiterated government’s commitment towards the provision of necessary educational infrastructure and facilities across the country and assures that the Ho Polytechnic will not be excluded.
He also entreated the polytechnic alumni as well as philanthropic individuals and organisations to contribute to the fund, which will be administered a board under the chairmanship of the rector.