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graDr Martin Amoah, Dean of the Faculty of Technology and Vocational Education, University of Education, Winneba (UEW) has stated that the technical and vocational education in the county is beset with unclear line of progression.

This, he said, had come about because there were no equivalences established between technical and vocational education programmes and general education programmes.

Dr Amoah was speaking at the eleventh graduation of Grace Hill school of Technology on the theme “vocational education and development in Ghana, myth or reality” at Cape Coast, in the Central Region at the weekend.

Grace Hill School of Technology is a vocational institution which awards students with certificates in cookery, sugar craft and ballon décor, pastry and cake decoration.

Dr Amoah said, currently, technical and vocational education was playing a second fiddle to the Grammar type of Education, which have resulted in a mismatch between the type of training offered in various institutions and the skills needed by industry.

He said, the situation had resulted in low motivation among TVET graduates, and therefore the Ghana Education Service must establish equivalences among the various training.

He urged stakeholders in education to consider the possibility of equating cookery Part Two Certificate with BECE Certificate and Cookery Advance Certificate with WASSCE certificate, to help minimise the challenges confronting TVET in the country.

Dr Amoah added that the current TVET system in the country is lacked clear strategies to sustain technical and vocational education for development.

He suggested the need to create a platform for stakeholders to meet and map out strategies that would sustain TVET in the country.

The Dean proposed the use of the Tripple Bottom line Approach, which is Economic, Social and Environment dimensions for sustainability, and should be adopted, to sustain TVET.

He said, the development of any country hinges largely on the quality of its human capital and therefore it is important that every country develops the right type of education that will ensure progressive sustenance of the standard of living of its citizenry.

In her welcome address, Mrs Beatrice Anquah-Mensah, Principal of GHIST said over the period of five years, the institute has worked hard to provide vocational skills to the under privileged in society, including SHS and SHS leavers, who are normally overcooked in the educational planning.

She said, GHIST also provides training for university and polytechnic graduates and students who are working for a second source of income or want to acquire additional sills in that area. - Daniel Amoo, Ankaful 

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