The Deputy Minister for Education in charge of Technical and Vocational Education Training (TVET), Mrs Gifty Twum-Ampofo has urged parents to permit their wards to pursue TVET programmes after Junior High School (JHS).
Speaking in an interview with the Daily Graphic, Mrs Gifty Twum said the perception that TVET courses are for students not academically brilliant discourages people from studying those courses at secondary and tertiary levels.
“TVET is never for the second-grade individual, it is never for the people who are not smart,” the Deputy Education Minister and Member of Parliament (MP) for Abuakwa North constituency told the Accra-based newspaper.
She explained that the investment the Government of Ghana (GoG) was making in TVET education and the equipment bought to retool the workshops could not be left to people who were not serious to manage.
“TVET is for the people who can manage facilities concerning our lives and these are the first-class students and I am appealing to parents to encourage their children who are smart and wish to do TVET to do so.
“Teachers should also guide our young ones into Technical and Vocational Education Training (TVET) and by doing so, you reduce poverty to a very large extent and you also reduce youth unemployment,” Mrs Gifty Twum-Ampofo stated.
According to the Deputy Education Minister, the improvement of the Technical and Vocational Education Training (TVET) in the country forms part of the Nana Akufo-Addo led government agenda of Ghana beyond aid.
“With the kind of equipment at the TVET secondary schools in the country, products from the second cycle institutions could be self-employed and even employ others with their skills,” the Abuakwa North Member of Parliament noted.
She told Daily Graphic the central government is committed to reducing the rate of unemployment in the country by equipping the TVET students with the technical and entrepreneurial skills that could make them self-employed.