Put in more money in tech. & vocational education-Educationist

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The Chief Executive Officer for Vitus Educational Consult, Mr. Owusu Afriyie, has called on government to invest heavily in technical and vocation education.

Mr.
Afriyie said there could be a secured future for Ghanaian children as most of
them exhibit a can do spirit in handicrafts.

Vocational
and technical education he noted will build the specific skills for specific
trades.

He
wants government to put in measures to help identify the skills of school
children so they could be shaped and mentored to build on these skills.

He said the perception that vocation and technical education were meant for dull students was untrue, rather it helps to train skilled persons for the job market.

He
appealed to government to put in the needed resources and infrastructure that
could train creative and skilled minds.

Research
has shown that vocation and technical education helps train specialized skills, vocational education
can provide access to labour markets locally and abroad

It
also helps to reduce unemployment and provides alternative livelihoods.

Vocational
and technical training focuses son skill development through the use of
technology, thus improving and helping industry benefit from these sets of
skills.

Meanwhile,
President Akufo-Addo has reiterated his commitment towards the improvement and
the quality of training in technical and vocational education.

He
said schools labelled as technical schools were technical in “hope than in
reality” and promised huge investments in infrastructure to enable them to
overcome their challenges. 
   

President Akufo-Addo said this at
the 33rd Anniversary and Second Speech and Prize Giving Day of Mafi-Kumase
Senior High Technical School in the Volta Region.
   

He said the nation required a
workforce with at least basic education up to the high school level to
accelerate its modernisation process, adding; “it shames us that 60 years
after independence many of our schools are under-resourced.”
   

The President said: “We need
to modernise all aspects of our lives and we need skilled people to lead the
modernisation process. It is in the laboratories and workshops that young
people get their imagination and develop the skills that would equip them for
the modern world.”
   

He said government’s Free Senior
High School must not simply churn out young people who would not be equipped to
cope with modern trends as an unskilled high school graduate was no better than
the graduate of a junior high school.
    

President Nana Akufo-Addo said his government would ensure that high schools and teachers were well equipped to deal with issues of science, technology and development to overcome the joblessness and underdevelopment that plighted the lives of the youth.

By: Rashid Obodai Provencal

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