Technical, Vocational Education key to economic transformation- Nana Addo

The President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, says the strategy of his government is to expand technical and vocational opportunities at both secondary and tertiary levels, and, thereby, strengthen the linkages between education and industry, as well as empower young people to deploy their skills, to employ themselves and others.

According to President, Government is paying critical attention to technical and vocational training in the country, explaining that the transformation of the structure of the Ghanaian economy, and the reduction of unemployment, hinge on technical and vocational education and training.

“What I envisage in the technical and vocational education sector would involve a truly radical change in attitude on the part of all of us. Throughout the years, enough lip service has been paid to the TVET sector,” he said.

The President stressed that “this time we are backing the talk with money and political will. This time, the interventions will be focused and seen through to proper conclusion.”

President Akufo-Addo made this known on Thursday, 15th March, 2018, when he delivered the keynote address at the National Conference on Technical and Vocational Educational and Training (TVET), held at the Koforidua Technical University.

The President bemoaned that whereas the education budget, as a whole, has always come under pressure, it is sad, but true, that the TVET sector is very much the poor relation.

“It has obsolete and inadequate facilities and equipment, matched by equally obsolete academic curricula, that do not keep up with contemporary labour needs. We do not have enough qualified teachers and instructors, and there is an absence of tertiary degree awarding institutions, that will train teachers in skill development,” he lamented.

He stated that the greatest difficulty the country has has been the low perception of technical and vocational skills and graduates in society, as the effect has been catastrophic and is staring Ghanaians in the face.

 By: Ghana/