A skills education consultant has proposed that the Council of Technical Vocational Education Training (COTVET) should be placed under the Ministry of Trade and Industry so that users of skills would have control over it.
Dr. Henry Akplu, a Technical Vocational Education Training (TVET) Consultant also proposed the renaming of COTVET to Skills Development Authority (SDA) positioned under the Ministry.
According to Dr. Akplu, in a country where peculiarities of skills development were not commonly understood, leaving it under the Ministry of Education would continue to pose challenges, adding “general academic education practice would swallow up skills”.
Dr. Akplu was speaking at the “Comfort Ntiamoah-Mensah’s Memorial Forum on TVET at Osu in Accra on the theme, “Building a solid foundation for TVET in Ghana- a situational analysis.”
The consultant explained that “skills development should be industry driven and industry should be steering skills development. Skills quality and service quality go together, and you cannot get good quality products and services if skill quality is poor”.
Dr. Akplu observed that skills development began with the determination of industrial skill needs.
“Skill learning cannot successful without the involvement of industry,” he noted, adding that “when it comes to funding, the competition within the Ministry of Education is too great for skills development to get a good share.”
He urged civil society organisations to advocate greater independence for skills development from general academic education stream.
In addition, he called for review of the National TVET qualification framework since the current qualification system does not favour skills development.