Technical and vocational education is a key component to achieving the Akufo-Addo administration’s ‘Ghana Beyond Aid’ agenda; Senior Minister, Yaw Osafo Maafo has said.
According to him, it is therefore important as a country to “change our attitude towards Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVETs).”
He added: the status quo keeps “producing skills that are not in high demand.” Mr. Maafo said the long term solution to the resulting unemployment problem is to shift focus to TVETs.
Speaking at the Ho Technical University on the opening ceremony of the maiden edition of the Applied Research Conference of Technical Universities and Polytechnics in Ghana, Mr. Maafo assured that efforts are being made to make technical and vocational education attractive.
Earlier this year, President Nana Akufo-Addo himself announced during his State of the Nation Address that all is set for the construction of 10 TVET centres.
“The new TVET centres will be world-class and well equipped to assure young people that they are not being sent to second-best options,” he said.
Assuring the students of their importance to government policy, the Senior Minister said copies of the ‘Ghana Beyond Aid’ policy document will be made available to the technical universities and polytechnics so they could make an input and report to the government.
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