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Eastern Polytechnic to become a University

pixThe Eastern Polytechnic will soon become the University of Science and Technology, Eastern Region.
This was disclosed to Awoko by the Registrar Eastern Polytechnic Kenema Adonis Kanneh.
He says the institution is over a decade old and it has produced a lot of people both at graduate, Diploma and Certificate levels and they are in schools and other places earning a living.
He explained that the Eastern Polytechnic Administration has made several efforts for all heads of states to visit Bunumbu campus, particularly to see the extent of destruction that took place at the campus.
“We succeeded in taking President Ahmed Tejan Kabbah to the campus and very recently in May 2012, we also succeed in taking Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma. When he moved around and saw the extent of destruction, he was really dismayed and in his speech to the Bunumbu and Kailahun people that day, he said they were not only going to reconstruct Bunumbu campus but they were going to transform it into a University and hopefully the University of Science and Technology Eastern Region.
The transformation of the Polytechnic into a University was also echoed by Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma at the city field in Kenema, on the last day of his campaign in Kenema for the 2012 Presidential election.
Adonis Kanneh says to transform a Polytechnic into a University is not an easy matter, as it has a lot of ground work, requisite staff, infrastructure among others, adding they are working on the documentations which will be presented to government soonest, and hopefully within a year, all will be materialized.
The Registrar on the displacement of the college, says in 1991 when the war broke out in Sierra Leone, Bunumbu Teachers College was the only tertiary institution in the eastern province that was forced to move from their original base in Bunumbu town Kpeje West chiefdom Kailahun district and was relocated to Kenema.
He says it was difficult because they did not even have a place to start.
So, they appealed to the administration of the Technical Institute Kenema (TIK) to accommodate them as a displaced Institution.
“We also went to the Ministry of Agriculture and asked for office spaces and we were provided with few office spaces where the administration of the former Bunumbu Teachers College was hosted.
We came and started running the teacher training programme as before and we continued till 2001, when the Government of Sierra Leone decided to transform it into a Polytechnic. They merged the former Bunumbu Teachers College and the former Technical Institute into a Polytechnic which is now known as Eastern Polytechnic.
Since then, we have undertaken higher programmes. First we started with the Bachelor of Education degree programme, the Higher Teachers Certificate secondary programme and we are now doing the Bachelor of Engineering in collaboration with the University of Sierra Leone. Students will take two years at the Eastern Polytechnic and two years at Fourah Bay College, where you will get your Bachelor of Engineering degree. If the student performs very well, he will go into the Honours programme. We are also doing Bachelor of Science in collaboration with Njala University. Currently, the Institute is conducting three degree programmes which are a very big achievement for the Institution.
Kanneh is calling on all and sundry to come to the aid of Polytechnic in making their dream a reality within the shortest possible time.

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