The Rector of Sunyani Polytechnic, Professor Gyan Fordjour has reiterated the call on the Government to prioritize Technical and Vocational education in the country to ensure rapid economic growth.
Speaking at the maiden Speech and Prize given day of the Methodist Senior High and Technical School at Biadan in the Berekum Municipality, Professor Fordjour noted that technical and vocational education could help students gain employable skills on completion if government intensified its support and focus on it.
The ceremony coincided with the 15th anniversary celebration of the school, under the theme: “Technical and Vocational education; a prerequisite for national development”.
Prof. Fordjour commended the Authorities of the school and the planning committee of the celebration for choosing such a theme, saying it was perfectly the best, as the country now needs to intensify its support for technical and vocational education.
On his part, a former Member of Council of State, Mr. J.H. Owusu-Acheampong appealed to President John Dramani Mahama to consider renaming the University of Energy and Natural Resources (UENR) after the late President, John Evans Atta Mills, for his role towards the establishment of the university.
He said the best honor Ghanaians can bequeath the late former President was to name the UENR after him, adding that before the death of Prof. Mills, the establishment of the university was dear to his heart, as a measure to produce the needed and required human resource base for national development.
The former Council of State Member also indicated that the instrumental role played by the late Prof. Kofi Abrefa Busia, Ghana’s first Prime Minister towards the establishment of the University of Education, Winneba, Government should consider naming the university after him.