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President Akufo-Addo has hinted at commissioning some 34 refurbished National Vocational and Technical Institutes (NVTI’s) across the country.

This, according to the President, is to foster the training of students and beef up their interest in technical and vocational training.

He disclosed this while delivering the 2020 State of the Nation address on Wednesday, March 30, 2022.

The President noted that the TVET institutions are being upgraded and equipped to enable them to train the increased numbers of children that we want to be attracted to that sector to meet the modern needs of our economy.

“This year, I will be commissioning some of the thirty-four (34) refurbished National Vocational and Technical Institutes (NVTI’s) across the country. The refurbishment comprised the construction, rehabilitation, and equipping of laboratories, workshops, additional classrooms, hostels, and administrative offices,” he stressed.

He further assured that within the next few months, the construction of five (5) technical colleges will begin in various parts of the country, and three technical institutes will be upgraded to tertiary status.

“The initial phase for constructing nine TVET campuses will commence next month in Bosomtwe, Akyem Awisa, Boako, Kenyasi, Patuda, Dambai, Larabanga, Guabuliga, and Tolibri. These campuses will have academic facilities, workshops, laboratories, hostels, and staff accommodation and provide further access to training,” he added.

Also, government is in the process of securing financing for the construction of five (5) STEM universities in five new Regions that is Western North, Savannah, North East, Ahafo, and Oti regions.

According to the President, steps are also being taken to turn the planned Bunso campus of the University of Environment, and Sustainable Development into a standalone, independent University focused on the study of Engineering.

“Construction of this campus is set to begin within the next three months,” he disclosed.

The President further reiterated his commitment to ensuring that “children will continue to be educated and be equipped to run a modern and digitalised economy.

He noted that the Free SHS and Free TVET are the best vehicles we have devised to take us to the realisation of our goal of an educated and skilled workforce, adding that the computerised school placement is currently ongoing, and the latest batch of JHS students will soon embark on their Free SHS and Free TVET education.