Adjust TVET curriculum to fit industry need and standards

By
Mildred Siabi-Mensah / Crossland Asante-Agyemang
, GNA     

Takoradi, Oct. 24, GNA – Nana Dr. John
Sylvester Boafo, former Principal of the Takoradi Technical Institute, has
called for a revision of the curriculum of Technical and Vocational Education
Training (TVET) to fit into the modern environment as well as the standards of
industries.

Nana Dr. Boafo who is also a former member of
the Council for National Board for Professional and Technician Examinations
(NABPTEX), said the curriculum when adjusted should use industry experts on a
regular basis in the lecture halls as well as allow them to give tutorials on what
was really required on the job market.

He made the contribution at the first annual
‘Developing Industry Standards Conference’ organized by the Western Region
Coastal Foundation (WRCF) in collaboration with NABPTEX at Takoradi in the
Western Region.

The conference, which had the attention of
industries, academia, private and government institutions, was under the
theme:”Developing skills and Standards for Industry” and sought to
close the gap between the extractive industries and the training
institutions.             

Nana Dr. Boafo said it was important for
industry and Technical and Vocational Education Training institutions to work
hand-in-hand to help develop talents for the extractive sector and industries
in particular.

Professor Mahama Duwiajua, a lecturer at the
University of Ghana, encouraged NABPTEX to live up to their responsibility of
ensuring that best industrial practices and standards were in existence to
create standards in TVET.

He added that Technical and Vocational
Training was the answer to the unemployment rate in the county and that failure
to revive the TVET was to leave the youths to wallow in unemployment.

Mrs. Mawusi Nudekor, Executive Director of
National Vocational Training Institute, stressed the need for perception change
about TVET, “Technical and Vocational institute are not for riff rafts,
but for people with passion to make a change in society”.

GNA

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