The School of Physical Sciences has held a workshop to train laboratory technicians to enhance their skills in managing laboratories in the School.
Opening the workshop, the Dean of the School, Prof. David Essumang, said the workshop which was the first of its kind was to equip participants to conform to professional standards in their work as laboratory technicians. “All our lives depend on the laboratory technician and when he makes a mistake in his/her analysis and get it wrong, we all suffer” he noted.
Assist in Training Competent Lab Technicians
Prof. Essumang entreated the laboratory technicians to do their best to assist in the training of students who were experienced and could become an asset to industry. He said the School would continue to organise such workshops to enlighten them on international best practices.
The Vice Dean of the School of Physical Sciences, Prof. Ruphino Zugle, called on the technicians to be innovative in their work. “This workshop should change the way you do things and we expect that you will do something unique with the knowledge you will acquire from this place,” he implored them.
Be Conscious of People’s Rights
The Quality Control Manager of Food and Drugs Authority Head Office, Accra, Mr Joseph Ofosu Siaw, in his remarks advised the participants to be conscious of the fact that people now know their rights. “We are in an era of democracy and people have the right to take legal action against you if you don’t follow the protocols of laboratory work,” he cautioned.
Mr Siaw who is an alumnus of UCC said industry expected graduates who were on top of issues and could deliver to meet the needs of the organisation. He, therefore, called for collaboration between academia and industry to discuss ways of producing highly skilled professionals for the job market. “The picture out there is not good and we need to review the curriculum to conform to global standards,” he observed.