Over eight hundred and sixty (860) students at the Eastern Polytechnic College in Kenema city have on Saturday 7th March 2009 matriculated as full students that have enrolled into the Eastern Polytechnic for the 2008/2009 academic year.
The Eastern Polytechnic which is situated along Combema road in the city center was formerly known as the Bunumbu Teachers College (BTC). It has helped in developing the middle level man power for this nation to foster economic growth.
Delivering his welcome address the principal of the Eastern Polytechnic College Dr. Sandi Bockarie says Saturday March 7th 2009 marked another turning point for all students of the Eastern Polytechnic in Kenema city who have been enrolled to pursue various causes in the 2008/ 2009 academic year, adding that the Institution is bent on transforming students to be useful instrument for the development of the society.
The principal disclosed that the Eastern Polytechnic College offers Degree programs as an Affiliate College to the Njala University College, adding the college is equipped with 125 qualified and trained lecturers who are always ready to impart knowledge into the students.
Dr. Bockarie encouraged matriculates to make good use of their lectures so that they can acquire the desired goals for the benefit of themselves as individuals and the nation as a whole.
In his remarks the chairman of the ceremony who is also the principal of the Methodist Vocation Secondary school in Kenema Steven Vandi Tarawally cautioned matriculates to fully conform themselves to the discipline of the University and abide by all statues, regulations and rules enforced for the time being so far as they concern them.
Mr. Tarawally however encouraged the matriculates to take their studies with all seriousness so that they can have a larger share in the country’s national cake pointing out that education is the key to success.
The Deputy Chancellor of Njala University Professor Edward Rose encouraged lecturers to treat all students with utmost care so that their effort will not go in vain. Professor Rose encouraged the students matriculating to put more effort in their studies in achieving their academic pursuit, adding that they should have command over the subjects they are taught if they are to be true replica of the Eastern Polytechnic college.
The Mayor of Kenema City Council (KCC) Chief Brima Kargbo in his contribution thanked the students for taking the bold step to come into the college to upgrade themselves in various disciplines.
He pledged the Council’s fullest support for the college noting that the presence of the college in Kenema city is a feather on the cap of the council.
The Resident Minister East Hon. William Juana Smith, and a representative from the Kenema District Council also made similar statements.
The program ended with students writing their names in the college register thus qualifying them as legitimate students of the Eastern Polytechnic for the year 2008/2009 academic year.