Reform TVET to support industrialisation policies- —Prof Sarfo

Government’s One District One Factory (1D1F) and Ghana Beyond Aid initiatives will face implementation setbacks if the Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) sector is not reformed to aid in the production of the needed workforce.

 

Professor F.K. Sarfo, Acting Principal, College of Technology Education, University of Education (UEW) Kumasi Campus, who said this noted that no policy initiative could bring the desired results without the input of a skilled and knowledgeable workforce, hence “the need to position the TVET sector to be able to churn out the right expertise”.

 

He was speaking on the theme “Vocational Education and the Social Transformation of Ghana” at the 10th anniversary celebration and 20th Graduation ceremony of Grace Hill School of Technology (GHIST) at Ankaful, last weekend.

 

The event saw a total of 26 students graduate after six months intensive training course in cookery, Ballon and Floral, Entrepreneurship, Mathematics, English and Cake Decoration.

 

Lauding government’s vision to accelerate the country’s development through industrialization, Prof Sarfo explained that quality technical and vocational education, which has been erroneously perceived as good for only academically deficient students, was necessary for achieving the objectives.

 

He appealed to government to strategically position the TVET system to produce a labour force with enhanced skills, capable of producing items of high quality for both the local and foreign markets and for the sustenance of the industrialisation drive.

 

 

The acting Principal called on government to support private TVET providers who have become significant and growing part of TVET delivery in the country.

 

In her welcome address, Mrs Beatrice Anamuah-Mensah, Principal of the School, lauded the government for introducing the Free Senior High School (SHS) and the Double Track System that would ensure that many Ghanaians were able to access education as well technical and vocational skills needed to transform the economy of the country.

From Daniel Amoo, Ankaful

 

 

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