Community Devt Tech Institute holds graduation

A section of the graduating students.

A section of the graduating students.

The need to commit greater resources towards the promotion of technical and vocational education was drummed up again when the Community Development Vocational and Technical Institute at Sokode-Lokoe, near Ho, held its fourth graduation and exhibition ceremony on Saturday.

In all, 22 trainees graduated after completing programmes in catering, fashion and designing.

The principal of the school, Madam Perfect Aku Fiakwadzo revealed that although the school made great efforts to introduce building and construction, and electrical engineering, in the 2016/2017 academic year, no one has enrolled for those courses.

She said that technical and hands-on skills were essential requirements for industrial development and job creation, saying it was imperative for the public to be sensitised constantly on the viability of vocation and technical education.

“It is pathetic that we see people in the technical arena as not academically inclined although the fact is that they are smart, critical thinkers, problem solvers with analytical skills,” she said.

Madam Fiakwadzo said that the institute, since its inception in 1965, had trained scores of women and equipped them with the appropriate vocation skills to contribute immensely to the country’s socio-economic development.

In recent time, she said, the trainees were also taught ICT and basic entrepreneurial skills to position them competently to manage their own businesses.

Madam Fiakwadzo said that the school with an enrolment of 149 had no means of transport, and that challenge has been worsened by huge water bills and the absence of a perimeter fence, all which adversely affected the administrative and academic work.

Dr Archibald Yao Letsa, Volta Regional Minister, who was the guest of honour, reminded the graduands of the challenging social and economic environment in the contemporary Ghanaian society, and urged them to use their skills, knowledge and attitudes to engender positive development change.

From Alberto Mario Noretti, Sokode-Lokoe

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