The current power supply load shedding being experienced by Ghanaians is not only crippling the manufacturing industries but also having a negative effect on educational institutions in the country. One of such important institutions is Ho Polytechnic, which has been hit by the nationwide energy crisis as academic activities of the school have been affected.

The Principal of the Ho Polytechnic, Dr. Komla Agbeko Dzisi who made this known to The Chronicle in an interview disclosed that the negative effect has rendered the Information Communication Technology (ICT) department of the institute ineffective.

According to Dr. Dzisi, ICT training was a major programme being run at the Institute to equip students with the requisite skills and knowledge as well as train graduates to meet the challenges in the global market.

The Principal who looked confident and proud of the Institute revealed that since the inception of the power rationing exercise, the students in the ICT department continue to reschedule programmes sometimes late in the night and worst of all, had to postpone exams on three occasions due to the energy crisis.

Dr. Dzisi revealed that the Institute has a plant with a big capacity to supply power in times of need but could not use it as some components of the plant were not functioning adding that it would also not be cost effective to maintain it. He disclosed that steps were however being taken to purchase a smaller and modern plant about 200 or 250KVA, which would help address the current energy problem in the Institute.

Another alternative the Principal said management was considering, was the provision of solar energy to power some key departments in order to improve academic work in the school.

Some of the students who spoke to The Chronicle were unhappy about the effect of the energy crisis in relation to their studies and appealed to the government to help the school through the GETFund to buy a plant as a matter of urgency to address the problem.

Ghanaian Chronicle