President Akufo-Addo has indicated that Ghana’s economy can only be transformed into an industrial one if it pays attention to technical and vocational education.
According to him, this will address the problem of unemployment in the country.
To this end, the President has announced that the government is constructing some 962 structures for Senior High schools with special components for science laboratories and workshops.
President Akufo-Addo made this known while addressing the 110th anniversary of Ghana Secondary Technical School, GSTS in Takoradi.
“They take courses in building construction, clothing and textiles, applied electricity among others without workshops. Some might consider that as an impossibility, but it is happening in our schools. Since my assumption of office in January 2017, I have studied that on numerous occasions but we are putting in place policies that will enhance the education of our people to drive our industrialization process. This means that there must be an emphasis on science, technology, technical and vocational education.”
US$130 million to upgrade TVET
As part of efforts to upgrade the country’s Polytechnics, Technical and Vocational Training Centres to improve Technical and Vocational Education Training (TVET), Vice President Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia launched the Ghana-China project recently.
On the back of this, the Chinese government allocated a US$130 million facility to the Ghanaian government for the upgrade of five technical universities as well as 10 technical institutes across the country.
The institutions are to see an upgrade in the construction of state of the art training workshops for mechanical engineering, automobile engineering, civil engineering, welding engineering among others courses.
Ghana urged to review TVET to tackle high rate of unemployment
The Director of Research and Consultancy at Dominion University, Dr. Daniel Agbeko, has called for the review of Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) in the country, to help address socio-economic problems of unemployment.
He said the TVET has the ability to offer solutions to the present hardship and social challenges of the teeming youth who would be equipped with employable skills.