Set up separate ministry for technical and vocational education

Stephen Asante/ Florence Afriyie Mensah, GNA

Kumasi, Sept 07, GNA – The Association of
Principals of Technical Institutions (APTI), has called for the establishment
of a separate ministry for technical and vocational education.

This, it indicated, was necessary to assist
develop a more coherent national policy and programs to significantly raise the
quality of technical and vocational education.

Dr. Joseph Abeiku Apprey, President of the
Association, said there needed to be a fundamental change in the nation’s
approach to that education sector.

Addressing the 32nd conference of APTI, in
Kumasi, he said efforts at equipping the youth with the relevant knowledge, expertise
and skills to become self-employed must be scaled up.

That was the way forward to tackle the
growing employment among the nation’s young people, to transform their living

“Technical and vocational education and
training (TVET) reforms in the current dispensation and the way forward”, was
the theme for the four-day conference.

It provided the platform for the technical
institution heads to discuss issues affecting the progress of TVET and the
general education system.

Dr. Apprey said it was time the people
changed the negative perceptions they had about vocational and technical
education and enthusiastically embraced it.

The Ashanti Regional Minister, Mr. John
Alexander Ackon, underlined the government’s determination to adequately
resource the technical and vocational institutions to enable them to deliver.

TVET, he noted, played vital role in
strengthening the middle level industrial man-power base of both developing and
developed economies.


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