COTVET should be placed under Trade Ministry-Consultant

By
Joyce Danso, GNA

Accra Aug. 30, GNA – A Consultant has
proposed that the Council of Technical Vocational Education Training (COTVET)
should be placed under the Ministry of Trade and Industry so that users of
skills would have control over it.

Dr Henry Akplu, a Technical Vocational
Education Training (TVET) Consultant also proposed the rename of COTVET as
Skills Development Authority (SDA) positioned under the Ministry.

According to Dr Akplu in a country where
peculiarities of skills development are not understood, placing it under the
Ministry of Education would be dangerous adding “general academic education
practice would swallow up skills”.

Dr Akplu was speaking at the “Comfort
Ntiamoah-Mensah’s Memorial Forum on TVET at Osu in Accra on the theme: Building
a Solid Foundation for TVET in Ghana- A situational Analysis.”

The Consultant explained that “skills
development should be industry driven and industry should be steering skills
development. Skills quality and service quality go together you cannot get good
quality products and services if skill quality is poor”.

Dr Akplu observed that skills development
began with the determination of industrial skill needs.

He said: “Skill learning cannot successful
without the involvement of industry

He said when it comes to funding the
competition within the Ministry of Education is too great for skills
development to get a good share.

Dr Akplu said it is proper to an authentic
Skills Development Fund (SDF) and percentages from Ghana Education trust Fund
and Youth Employment Authority fund lodged into the SDF to support Skills
development.

“If we are serious about skills development,
then we should allocate money from internal sources instead of resorting to
wasteful loan arrangements,” he said.

He said it is ridiculous that the country’s
political leaders talk about industrialisation but does not care about skills
development.

“Our governments are not committed to
building to building skills development even though COTVET was given legal
mandate by Parliament, “he said.

He urged civil society organisations to
advocate greater independence for skills development from general academic
education stream.

He called for review of the National TVET
qualification framework since the current qualification system does not favour
skills development.

GNA

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