‘Make Technical, Vocational Education Topmost Priority’

Dr. Ms. Irina BokovaDr. Ms. Irina Bokova, Director General of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO), has called on the government to make technical education its topmost priority.

She stated that to achieve the best of result in education, it was important that the Education Ministry made changes in its syllabus to create more job opportunities for the youth.

She disclosed this to the Times when she   arrived in Accra on a two-day visit. Her visit was to familiarise herself with the educational system in Ghana, and to monitor the operations of the UNESCO office in Ghana.

She said for the government to make progress in the economy, it was  necessary to make technical education  a priority.
Ms.Bokova said Ghana was growing fast in many areas, with an impressive economic development, which could be sustained if there was more investment in technical education.

She said vocational and technical education had brought the global market  far, and if more attention was given to these sectors much could be harnessed from it, stressing that job creation and self-employment could be earned.

“We need people who can effect change and help improve the educational system and this could be achievable through technical education,” she added.

She said, for a country to eliminate unemployment and to sustain it for years, it was prudent that the technical and vocational education was enhanced at the primary to the university level for national development.

Prof.  Naana Jane Opoku Agyeman, Education Minister, said the government was putting in further measures  geared towards the promotion of technical and vocational education. –  Collins Boateng         

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