The African Development Bank (AfDB) in collaboration with the government, working through the Council for Technical and Vocational Education and Training(COTVET) have embarked on the development of skills project (DSIP) at the University of Education, Winneba, to address the manpower gap in the country.
The move is aimed at equipping staff to support the full implementation of the competency based training (CBT) program of the university.
According to the Vice-Chancellor of the University, Professor Mawutor Avoke, “the developments are also to enhance the quality of teaching and learning in the University, and currently 10 faculty members of staff have been offered sponsorship to pursue PhD abroad in various programmes related to the CBT concept.”
He was speaking at the 21st congregation of the university’s College of Technology Education, Kumasi (COLTEK) here at the weekend.
A total of 3,224 students, consisting 437 postgraduate, 1,377 bachelor and 1,410 diploma students, graduated from the College at the ceremony.
The Vice-Chancellor indicated that a well equipped workshop complex being funded by AfDB/COTVET to enhance the Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) in Kumasi was about 41 per cent complete.
“When completed, it will be the largest and well resourced centre to promote the CBT concept,” he added.
Admonishing the graduands, he reminded them that the certificates awarded them were not the keys to success but, “irrespective of your class, your success depends on the ability to rationally make use of opportunities in the world of work.”
He urged them to identify opportunities, be analytical, and work hard to overcome challenges.
Prof. R.T. Awuah, Chairman of the Governing Council of the University, for his part, entreated the graduands to cast their votes to champion “our young democracy.”
“Let us avoid the use of provocative language and let us respect the view of others wherever we go and invest our time, energy and resources in things that make a difference,” he said.
From Kingsley E.Hope, Kumasi