The Deputy Minister for Education in charge of Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET), Mrs. Gifty Twum-Ampofo has urged authorities of TVET to prioritize the education and training of students to make it more beneficial to the Ghanaian youth.
She said TVET education was very important since it alleviates poverty and reduces unemployment by providing students with the needed tools and skills to enhance their lives.
Mrs. Twum-Ampofo said these at Have in the Volta Region during a site inspection and the handing over of civil works of the phase 2 upgrade of a Technical and Vocational Institute which is one of four upgraded Technical Schools in the country.
The rest are Sacred Heart, in James Town Accra, St. Joseph’s Technical and Vocational Institute, Kwahu Tafo, and KwadasoMethodist Technical and Vocational Institute.
The project, estimated at 8 million Euros, received funding support from the Austrian Government.
The Minister announced that Ghana, in collaboration with the Austrian Government, would improve the facilities and conditions of already existing Technical and Vocational Institutes. There is therefore the need to bring expertise on board, together with machines and equipment to upgrade the Institute.
“We are refurbishing workshops and laboratories as well as building new ones. Containers loaded with pieces of equipment, needed for technical work on the electronic workshops, bench fitting, welding, and auto mechanic workshops have all arrived and ready to be used”…she said.
“These are all efforts that government is doing to improve upon Technical and Vocational education” …she added.
She said experts from Austria would offer technical training to the teachers and instructors on the technical know-how of the equipment, offer quality training to manage the machines, offer simple servicing to the machine, and facilitate the training of students in the various sectors of TVET.
Mrs. Twum-Ampofo noted that the history of TVET in Ghana has for the past 25 years not been encouraging, though it was key for a better Ghana. That, she said, had led the government to put measures in place by channeling resources into the area to produce more persons with technical skills to help solve the unemployment syndrome to better improve the country.
She again noted that TVET has become very expensive; however, it demands action, an active mind to critically think, and committed students who are passion driven to develop and bring new ideas on board.
She expressed gratitude to the liaison manager for ensuring that the equipment arrived in the country with flexible payment terms and hoped that the machines would bring good results.
The Consultant in charge of Civil Structural works, Engineer Nana Kobina Vroom, said spaces were provided to house the equipment because the spaces to keep the equipment were not enough. This, he said, informed the decision to construct other facilities.
He said the Have Technical Institute’s old automotive workshop was however converted to a sheet metal and machine workshop and expanded to receive the machines; adding that, a new automotive workshop was constructed including a new welding workshop, as well as offices and storeroom.
He stated that the basic aim was to equip the school with the needed equipment which they lacked for their Technical education.
The District Chief Executive for Afadjato South, Mr. James Etornam Flolu said he was impressed with work done because the people would have easy access to the equipment needed for servicing rather than driving to Accra.
“We can get equal services here”…he added.
By Agnes Melissa Yovo | HAVE, Volta Region