Government to Realign Technical & Vocational Training Sector – Education Minister
A three-day national conference on technical and vocational education ( TVET) opened yesterday in the Eastern Regional capital, Koforidua.
The theme of the conference is ‘Reinventing Technical and Vocational Education in Ghana: From Vision to Action’. It includes participants from Ghana, Nigeria, India, South Africa, Kenya, Germany, the UK, China and Finland, and draws in government representatives, other policy makers, development experts, academics, industry leaders, educational investors, corporate bodies and senior managers and leaders from pre-tertiary and tertiary educational institutions from across the world.
The conference seeks to develop a consensus on pathways to effective technical and vocational education and training to support accelerated national development through a national dialogue which affirms a shared national vision.
The main activities for the conference include an official opening for government officials and other stakeholders to articulate their aims and objectives of the conference, plenary sessions for detailed discussions of the issues and formulation of solutions, and supporting exhibitions demonstrating some of the developments in technical and vocational education and training.
Addressing the conference, the Minister for Education, Dr. Matthew Opoku Prempeh, noted that a nation’s competitiveness depends, to large extent, on the productivity of its workforce, which in turn rests on the knowledge and skills of the workforce. He stated that it is for this reason that the NPP government, under the leadership of President Akufo-Addo, has laid emphasis on education in general, and technical and vocational education in particular.
“Government has decided to re-align the TVET sector and thereby place the sector under the Ministry of Education to ensure effective standardisation, co-ordination and regulation. The capacities of Technical Universities and Polytechnics are being strengthened as part of the overall effort to overhaul and reform the TVET sector and address challenges regarding acquisition of technical skills for the socio-economic development of Ghana”, Dr. Prempeh announced.
The conference will be addressed by President Akufo-Addo.
RODNEY NKRUMAH BOATENG
Ministry of Education