Panfokrom Community Development Institute Holds Graduation

jamal 2The Panfokrom Community Development, Vocational and Technical Institute held its graduation ceremony over the weekend.

In all, 150 students graduated after offering courses in  Fashion and Beauty Culture, Home Management, Plumbing, Graphic Design, Building and Construction, Mechanical Engineering, Auto Mechanics, ICT (Soft and Hardware) and Batik Tie and Dye.

Alhaji Baba Jamal, Deputy Minister of Local Government and Rural Development congratulated the students for their hard work.

He commended the school for their significant contributions over the years to the socio-economic development of the country, especially in the Central Region.

“Undoubtedly, it has provided basic employable knowledge and skills to students over the years so that on graduation, they could be able to establish enterprises of their own, as well as make a living for themselves and their families.

He said it was also gratifying that the institute has offered scholarships to many youth in the area saying, that “both the youth and their parents must take advantage of the situation”.

Alhaji Jamal said government recognises that technical and vocational education has become a reliable source of employment for the youth saying “that is why the late President Prof John Evans Attah Mills through the GETFund constructed a twelve-unit classroom and a six-unit dormitory for you”.

He said the Local Government Ministry which has supervisory role over the community vocational institutes, would ensure that furniture and workshops for the newly introduced technical trades were duly provided to enhance teaching.

Mrs Rebecca Ampa-Korsah Principal of the Institute said the school since its establishment in 1957 has churned out over 2,500 students who are gainfully employed now.

She said from a humble beginning of taking Departmental Proficiency Examinations, as its final examination, the school has gone through many stages and is now taking NVTI, NABPTEX and TEU Advance Certificate Examinations as its final paper for both vocational and Technical courses.

Mrs Ampa-Korsah said the school to supplement government’s efforts has introduced farming and production units such that it has two and half acres of cultivated maize farms while the fashion and Graphic Design Departments sew uniform print brochures respectively as services to the public.

She said as part of the schools programme to cater for needy but brilliant students in the community, 55 boys from three communities close to the school have been awarded scholarships.

Mrs Ampa-Korsah appealed for support for the school to get a vehicle to take the students to field works saying “the kitchen, the dining Hall and the Administration block need to be refurbished to meet present time standard”  -  Lawrence Markwei, Panfokrom    

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