Thursday, 4 April 2013

Ghana: Govt Committed To VOTEC Education

Professor Jane Naana Opoku-Agyemang   
Professor Jane Naana Opoku-Agyemang
The Minister of Education, Professor Jane Naana Opoku-Agyemang, has assured of government’s continued commitment to technical and vocational education, to enable it train the required manpower needed by the country, and the wider global market.

Towards this, the government has sourced a Chinese facility to rehabilitate 10 technical institutes in the country.

Additionally, assistance is being sought from the Israeli and Canadian governments to upgrade the 19 absorbed technical institutes, to enable them offer competency-based training for their students.

Prof Opoku-Agyemang disclosed this at the 95th anniversary celebration of the Asuansi Technical Institute, in the Abura/Asebu/Kwamankese District of the Central Region, on the theme: ‘Quality technical and vocational education in Ghana: A pre-requisite for national development’.

According to her, a recent county report on Technical, Vocational and Education (TVET) Training delivery in Ghana, facilitated by the African Development Bank indicates that the technical/vocational institutes do not have qualified instructors in many instances, while their management is also not the best.

Prof Opoku-Agyemang intimated that “if the best infrastructure and facilities should be provided without qualified personnel to run the schools as well as impart knowledge, no meangful results would be achieved”.

The guest speaker, Prof Kwabena Frimpong Boateng, the former Chief Executive of the Korle-Bu Cardiothoracic Centre, stressed on the need for the government to recognise teachers in the development of the human resource of the country and provide them their needs, to avert labour disputes.

He called on society to disabuse its mind of the perception that TVET is meant for the academically weak, and asked of more assistance to the technical schools, to enable them to train more people.

The Principal of the institute, Mr Joshua Sagoe, noted that the school continues to contribute immensely to national development by producing craftsmen, technicians, engineers and architects, who are making their mark in industry, commerce and the academia.

The school however faces such problems as poor roads, lack of staff bungalows, dormitories, a dining and assembly hall, classrooms and water.

Mr Sagoe, therefore, calls on the government and the old students to resolve them.

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