The Minister for Education, Prof Jane Naana Opoku Agyemang, has stated that the government is on target in raising technical education to a level that will make it attractive.
That, she said, would be the backbone of the nation’s technological advancement which was evident by the creation of the Council for Technical and Vocational Education and Training (COTVET) and the establishment of the Skills Development Fund (SDF).
Speaking at the grand opening of the new building of the Joyce Ababio College of Creative Design (JACCD) in Accra last Saturday, Prof Naana Agyemang stressed that the overall aim of setting up those bodies was to reach a stage of a seamless relationship between industry and training centres, where industry naturally partnered with trainers and vice versa.
“Landmarks of the journey will be each contributing its quota towards the success of the competency-based training, industry offering practical training opportunities and teaching materials to students engaged on the programme and by trainers seeing interest and successes inextricably bound to that of the industry,” she added.
That, she said, would ensure that products from the training centres met the requirement of the industry and commended the college for being actively involved in ensuring that.
The founder and head of the school, Ms Joyce Ababio, addressing the guests at the event, said the college, which was the first of its kind in West Africa, was committed to providing a balanced programme of academic excellence and practical orientation.
She further stated that to ensure diversity in staff and ways of thinking, the college had a faculty with experience from some of the most prestigious schools in Ghana and the United States of America.
The opening ceremony was interspersed with musical performance and a fashion show by professional and popular designers who were trained by the school.
Some of these designers are household names such as Aisha Ayensu of Christie Brown and Vanessa Teye of B’Venaj.