Following the Parliament of Sierra Leone approval of three institutions to become universities, including the Milton Margai College of Education and Technology (MMCET), Dr. Philip Kanu has disclosed that government has secured over US$18 million to transform the Goderich, Congo Cross and Brookfields campuses of the Technical University.
Expressing thanks to the Almighty and to President Julius Maada Bio for his effort to transform the college to a Technical University, the principal in his statement at the Great Hall of the Goderich campus on the transformation of the MMCET to the Milton Margai Technical University revealed that transforming the college to a Technical University was not part of government’s manifesto but a gift to the country “as the President wants the best for students of the college”. The principal also asserted that as a Technical University, high standards would be maintained. He said the First Lady recently donated chairs to the college. Dr. Kanu recalled that the college was renowned for the best English Language and Mathematics teachers and begged the question: “What happened”?
The principal further urged students to attend classes regularly, submit their assignments and pay fees on time, warning that only students who have fully paid their fees would be allowed to take their examinations. He said his administration has contacted the Egyptian, German and other embassies and institutions for partnership and support and that staff would be re-categorized.
As the transformation of the institution to university completes the required political clearance, the principal of MMCET stressed that education is the only thing that will open doors.
Responding to questions as to whether graduates from MMTU will get jobs after completing courses, the principal reiterated that undertaking courses at the University is not to enable people to get jobs. “We are training you to create job,” he said on Tuesday on 98.1 FM Radio Democracy in Freetown. “Encourage your children to learn technical courses and not just to become professors,” he advised, adding that people who undertake technical courses work until old age while other professionals in offices retire at 65 years.