Dr Mahamudu Bawumia following the improvement in the education system has said the Nana Akufo-Addo government is committed to reforming TVET education for more youth to acquire technical and vocational skills.
The Vice-President speaking at the launch of the Worldskills Ghana Competition, in Accra said the Nana Addo administration has invested heavily in Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) than any other regime.
“We’ve built ultramodern workshops with the state-of-the-art facilities at Cape Coast and Kumasi Technical Universities and Institute,” Bawumia stated adding that the government is revitalizing and reforming TVET education in the country.
“We have taken a very comprehensive approach in revamping, and reforming TVET education and I do not think there is any government since independence that has invested in TVET like the government of Akufo-Addo,” he added.
In a related development, the Ministry of Education as part of efforts to ensure candidates who become successful at BECE continue their secondary education for free has included 139 TVET schools in the popular free SHS programme.
In addition to the 47 schools already on the programme, the new included Technical and Vocational schools the Ministry has said is aimed at making Technical and Vocational education accessible to more students in the country
The Deputy Education Minister in charge of TVET, Gifty Twum-Ampofo speaking at press briefing has said, students under Technical and Vocational Education Training (TVET) next year will write an examination conducted by WAEC.
She said the WAEC examination slated next year for the Technical and Vocational students in the country will also reduce cases of them struggling to get admission to various tertiary institutions apart from technical universities.
Mrs Gifty noted the government was positioning TVET education as a project focus by improving the quality of training through a more demand-driven direction that would upgrade the skills set of both students and teachers
“The importance of academic qualifications, together with the growth of university enrolment has made it very difficult for TVET students to enrol into regular university programmes, but we are willing to reverse it,” Mrs Ampofo stated.