President Akufo-Addo has announced government’s strategy to expand technical and vocational education in the country. He says technical and vocational education will be made free to strengthen the linkages between education and industry.
The President was speaking at the National Conference on Technical and Vocational Educational and Training (TVET), held at the Koforidua Technical University in the Eastern region.
According to him, the transformation of Ghana’s economy which includes a reduction in the unemployment rate, depends on investments in technical and vocational education and training. He describes the move as dramatic and important as the Free SHS program.
‘This year, we are taking an equally dramatic and important step to align education to our needs. We are this year launching the flip side of Free SHS. Government is launching a system of free technical and vocational education that runs parallel to the high school or secondary school. We are aiming to provide our young people with technical and vocational skills at both the secondary and tertiary sectors of education, to enable graduates employ themselves, and employ others after their training,’ he said.
President Akufo-Addo explained that his government will launch a major project that will emphasize the importance of TVET, and redeem the misconception that technical and vocational education is inferior, and patronized only by less endowed students.
He said all TVET institutions will be aligned and brought under the direct supervision of the Ministry of Education to streamline their curricula, and improve the co-ordination of their training. Therefore, a Deputy Minister of Education will be charged with the specific responsibility of technical and vocational education.
He reiterated his government’s strategy to expand technical and vocational opportunities at both secondary and tertiary levels.