The development of professional education in the country should be a deliberate strategy and not an afterthought or an avenue for those who probably could not enroll for higher level education, Ebo Hammond, president of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT), Ghana, has said.
He stressed that professional education should not be seen as a programme for poor or less brilliant students, but should be considered as part of efforts to build the skills-set of the nation’s human resources.
Speaking at a dinner and investiture of the fifth governing council of CILT, Ghana, Mr Hammond said increasingly the importance of professional education was being appreciated by even academic-oriented universities, by incorporating industry attachments into their programmes .
“CILT has shown the way in Ghana, with the accreditation of nine institutions, almost all of which are universities,” he said.
Mr. Hammond indicated that “CILT is of the view that for a more strategic approach to ensuring a holistic academic and professional education policy, there is the need for the National Accreditation Board to be overhauled and empowered to establish a more comprehensive qualifying framework to govern educational systems”.
He said “we believe that in a qualifying framework, titles and names of course may not matter, but the levels at which various courses (academic or professional) have been placed on an open and verifiable qualifying framework is of paramount importance”.
Mr Hammond recommended the restructuring and review of the Act so that the National Accreditation Board could be transformed into an authority with a wider and higher role to empower it to implement
a comprehensive qualifying framework that can take into consideration both types of educational systems.
“This we are of the firm view, will inure to the benefit of the country and aid its accelerated development on the strength of a strong human resource base,” he said.
The Reverend R.G. Mensah, immediate past president of CILT, Ghana, said during his tenure of office, the outfit attained success, adding that the “group is made up 18 chartered fellows, 98 chartered members, 65 members, 384 affiliate members and nine corporate members,” he said.
He said CILT Ghana, in collaboration with its mother institution in the United Kingdom had accredited six more institutions which offer international professional programmes.
By Kingsley Asare