President John Dramani Mahama has said government would from 2017 establish two specialised Colleges of Education in Agona Swedru in the Central region and New Abirem to train teachers in technical and vocational subjects.
He said other Colleges of Education would be established in selected areas of the country to specialise in early childhood education to give solid foundation to children from four years upwards.
President Mahama announced this when he launched the highlights of the 2016 National Democratic Congress Manifesto in Accra to a selected group of people made up of members of the Diplomatic Corps, media and party supporters.
The launch, which also served as the precursor for an elaborate programme to be held at Sunyani this month, hinged on four thematic areas of; “Putting people first, building a strong economy for job creation, expanding infrastructure for accelerated development and advancing transparent and accountable governance.”
President Mahama said the establishment of the Technical and Vocational Colleges of Education was necessitated by government’s resolve to revamp the technical and vocational systems to train more middle human resource personnel in the country.
He said apart from the specialised colleges, 30 per cent, that is 60 of the new community day senior high schools government was establishing would be used as technical and vocational centres with fully equipped technical and vocational workshops to whip up the enthusiasm of students in those areas.
President Mahama said a Deputy Minister of Education would be designated for the Technical and Vocational Education to supervise the activities of those areas and make positive impact of the educational system in coming days.
To make the area more meaningful, he said, government would also move the Technical and Vocational Education from the Ministry of Employment and Labour Relations to the Ministry of Education.
The President said government would also provide accommodation and special incentives to teachers who would accept postings to rural and deprived areas of the country to create parity in access to professional teachers.
He said Mathematics, Science and English Teachers would also be incentivised to reduce the annual failures in those subjects that had over the years impeded the orderly educational progress of most Junior and Senior High students.
President Mahama said his administration would also absorb the West African Senior High Certificate Examinations registration fees, provide facilities for students with disabilities and pilot the use of electronic books(e-books) at the secondary level.
“Government will also encourage sign language education and usage…and ensure that newly posted and promoted teachers were promptly paid in terms of salaries and allowances.”
President Mahama said the education systems would link the education of children to industry by counselling them on subjects and subsequent employment prospects in those areas. GNA