Enough Of Lip Services Paid To TVET – President Akufo-Addo

21 Mar 2022
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President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, has reiterated that the surest way to transform Ghana’s economy and reduce unemployment is by paying critical regard to Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET).

Citing the success stories of countries like Malaysia, Singapore and South Korea with whom Ghana began its independence journey, he observed that Ghana could only attain a global giant status with deliberate and heavy investment in TVET, the area for the development of skills needed for a modern economy.

Consequently, he said government had adopted a strategy to expand technical and vocational opportunities at both secondary and tertiary levels to strengthen the linkages between education and industry and empower the youth to deploy their skills and employ themselves and others.

“This is the reason why government has placed such importance on guaranteeing access to a minimum of Senior High School education for all Ghanaian children and is laying emphasis in particular on technical and vocational training as a major pillar for development,” he added.The President was speaking at the 92nd speech day durbar of the St Augustine’s College in Cape Coast on Saturday under the theme: “Redefining Education Delivery in Technological Aid: The Role of St Augustine’s College.”


The event was marked by the commissioning of the school’s renovated and expanded computer laboratory by the President donated by alumni of the school.

He indicated that concrete efforts were underway to disabuse misconceptions that technical and vocational education was inferior and only patronized by financially or intellectually less endowed students.

Among other measures, President Akufo-Addo, averred that government had officially rolled out a ‘Free TVET For All’ programme in addition to its Free Senior High School (SHS) policy which had catered for some 1.6 million students since inception.

He added that the Ministry of Education was currently undertaking cutting-edge policies to achieve it object of 60:40 Science-Humanities ratio enrolment in secondary schools for its transformation agenda.

 

 

 

The President was speaking at the 92nd speech day durbar of the St Augustine’s College in Cape Coast on Saturday under the theme: “Redefining Education Delivery in Technological Aid: The Role of St Augustine’s College.”

The event was marked by the commissioning of the school’s renovated and expanded computer laboratory by the President donated by alumni of the school.

He indicated that concrete efforts were underway to disabuse misconceptions that technical and vocational education was inferior and only patronized by financially or intellectually less endowed students.

Among other measures, President Akufo-Addo, averred that government had officially rolled out a ‘Free TVET For All’ programme in addition to its Free Senior High School (SHS) policy which had catered for some 1.6 million students since inception.

“Parents and guardians too have the responsibility to advise their wards to exhibit good behaviour in school or wherever they may be. They are partners with the school in educating their children”, he said.

Responding some requests earlier made by the school, the President pledged government’s commitment to satisfy all “reasonable requests” including the demand for a new science equipment.

“And to commemorate this occasion, I am taking as my personal responsibility, to provide a new 60-seater school bus for the school,” he pledged.

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