Strengthen TVET to improve skills for production, manufacturing

Ghana needs to strengthen training of technical and vocational skills to improve  production and manufacturing levels in all sectors of the economy, Professor Kwasi Obiri Danso, Vice Chancellor, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) has advocated.

According to him, the importance of the middle level manpower in creating an industrialised economy could not be overemphasized saying that a collective resolve was therefore necessary to improve Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET).

To this end, the Vice Chancellor urged technical institutions including the universities to focus on providing hands-on training rather than offering theoretical training as in the case of the former traditional universities.

“The middle level, which provides hands-on education in technical expertise, is one of the most important aspects of our education. The manpower is key in our development agenda and we must make the necessary inputs to strengthen the training,” he stated.

Prof. Obiri Danso was speaking in an interview with the Ghanaian Times on the sidelines of the inauguration and orientation of the Examinations Committee, which he chairs, of the National Board for Professional and Technician Examinations (NABPTEX).

Other members of the 20-member committee include Agnes Oppong-Baah, Dr Alexander Martin-Odoom, William Kwesivi Segbefia, Prof. Kwadwo Adinkrah-Appiah, Kisiedu Akufo-Kumi, Prof. Denis Worlanyo Aheto, Charles Yorke, Samuel Segbefia, Anthony Yaw Oppong and Dr Ayeboafo Boadu.

The rest are Baffour Akuffo Ankama, Dr Helen Korkor Essandoh, Valence Wise Ametefe, Dr Amevi Acakpovi, Rachel Amanfu, Ernest N.O Quaye, Dr Wiberforce S. Dzisah, Collins Kwaning Owusu and Justice Dennis Dominic Adjei.

The committee, Prof. Obiri Danso said was focused on doubling the manpower and technical resource in the country and ensures that the capacities of teachers required for manpower training was enhanced regularly.

Mr. Paul Kwasi Agyemang, Chairman of Governing Council, NABPTEX, said the Council has constituted subject panels of Engineering, Applied Arts and Sciences, Business/Finance, Health Science and Liberal and General Studies.

He said the members of the panel were drawn from both academia and industry in line with the council’s vision for industry-based, hands-on training and education, which was also in consonance with national agenda on TVET.

He explained that the council would rely on the committee’s expertise, experience and recommendations to make informed judgement and choices in all matters for quality, fair, valid training, assessment, curriculum relevance and competence.

By Claude Nyarko Adams




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