Govt to continue to invest in TVET -President

Mr Ignatius Baffour Awuah, (left) and other personalities at the Exhibition

Mr Ignatius Baffour Awuah, (left) and other personalities at the Exhibition

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo says his government will continue investment in the Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) sector to promote skills development and entrepreneurship as part of efforts to create jobs and wealth and reduce poverty.

 

In line with this, he said the government’s strategy was to expand technical and vocational opportunities at both secondary and tertiary level and strengthen the linkages between education and industry as well as give opportunities to the youth to become self-employed and employ many others.

 

Currently, he stated that the TVET sector was saddled by low budget allocation, inadequate facilities and equipment, obsolete academic curriculum, poor cooperation between industry and education, low qualified teacher, poor perception, low income and among others.

 

In a speech read on his behalf by the Minister of Employment and Labour Relations, Ignatius Baffour Awuah, at the maiden edition of the International Education Exhibition and Idea Factory in Accra yesterday, he stated that the government was undertaking structural reforms through the establishment of the TVET Service and Council as well as dedicate a division of the Education Service to TVET, which would be led by its own Director General.

 

Dubbed, EducataGhana 2018, on the theme ‘Empower’, activities for the three-day event would include exhibition for 40 international and Ghanaian exhibitors related to the education industry and a comprehensive overview of Ghana’s educational sector, among others.

 

Beyond the review of the TVET curriculum, President Akufo-Addo said that the government was constructing 20 modern TVET institutions across the country, upgrade 35 technical and vocational institutes and upgrade colleges of education which specialises in technology as well as pursue industrialisation.

 

Additionally, he noted that the structure of the Ministry of Education has been reviewed to have a dedicated Deputy Minister in charge of TVET.

He said the country was ready to partner investors in enhancing the TVET capacity of Ghanaians to build the relevant skills and welcome collaboration in equipment manufacturing and laboratories for use by the technical and TVET institutions.

President Akufo-Addo reiterated government’s commitment to work with Germany, which was globally recognised for its effective TVET system, to build TVET capacity of the country and further the industrialisation agenda.

“The Free Senior High School (SHS) and One District One Factory programmes are major components in our efforts to revive the TVET sector. We will continue to invest in TVET as a catalyst of change and we invite partnerships to make this a reality”, he added.

 

Minister of Education, Dr Matthew Opoku Prempeh, said the transformation of the sector would make it competitive and change the negative perception which has resulted in its current poor state.

 

“We are poised to transform the TVET sector to enable it compete globally and make the necessary contributions to our development. We are focused to change the negative narrative about TVET and rebrand it to attract the best students and not fallback option. The rebranding of TVET is to offer employable skills and enhance entrepreneurship”, he stated.

He said it was government’s plan to ensure that it was well controlled, standardised with the best of practices.

As part of the creation of the TVET Education, Training and Skills Service, which would have its own Director-General, Dr Opoku Prempeh said the government has developed a five-year development plan for the sector and would liaise with Germany to learn and adapt its skills module.

German Ambassador to Ghana, Christoph Retzlaff, commended government for pursuing reforms of the TVET sector and pledged the commitment of Germany to support in building a robust TVET system in Ghana.

By Claude Nyarko Adams

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