President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, has said government wants to make Ghana a world-class centre for skills development, and a leading country in Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) delivery in Africa.
According to the president, the importance of TVET needs to be emphasized to redeem the misconception that technical and vocational education is inferior and patronized only by less endowed students.
The president at the National Conference on Technical and Vocational Education, in Koforidua, earlier on 15th March, outlined Government’s strategic policy on Technical and Vocational Education and Training.
To this end, he said that Government has taken the decision to align and bring all public TVET institutions in the country under the direct supervision of the Ministry of Education to streamline their curricula, and improve the co-ordination of their training, with the Deputy Minister for Education, Hon. Barbara Asher Ayisi, going to be specifically responsible, at the Ministry, for technical and vocational education.
“The 5-year Strategic Plan for TVET will result in the setting up of a TVET Service and TVET Council, and a dedicated division of the education service for technical and vocational education, which would have its own Director General,” he said.
President Akufo-Addo made this known on Saturday, 24th March, 2018, when he attended the centenary celebrations of Asuansi Technical Institute (AsuTech), in Asuansi, in the Central Region.
The President at an exhibition mounted by students of AsuTech told the gathering that Government is tackling the perennial infrastructure problems of the TVET sector.
Work, he said, will start soon on the construction of 20 modern TVET institutions in various areas of the country, together with the upgrading of some 35 National and Vocational Training Institutes across the country, and upgrading colleges of education that specialize in technology.
The President added that a major revision of the curricula of TVET schools is underway to make them relevant to the needs of Ghana’s changing economy.
President Akufo-Addo also cut the sod for the construction of a new auditorium for the school.