Madam Lilian Aganu, Principal, Community Development Vocational Institute (CDVI) in Ho has observed that parents preferred supporting children in senior high schools to those in technical and vocational training institutes.
“It is very disheartening to pick up calls from parents only to hear that they are not able to support their wards in our institution because they have to take care of their siblings in secondary schools,” she stated.
Madam Aganu made the observation at the second graduation ceremony of the institute in Ho.
She said a good number of trainees were irregular in school because they had to work to support themselves, with a few dropping out.
Madam Aganu said it was unfortunate that although technical and vocational education and training (TVET) was the engine of growth of nations, it was looked down upon in the country, with many thinking it was the preserve of the academically poor.
“This notion is wrong. Vocational training is for those who are creative and analytical,” she said.
Madam Aganu said the institute had sought accreditation for trainees to write the Technical Vocational Education Training Examination (TVET) in addition to that of the National Vocational Training Institute.
She said the institute was also introducing part time courses for workers and master craftsmen, and called for support for classrooms and furniture.