TVET receives GHC 6 billion from the government

TVET has received GHC 6 billion from the government. More than GHC6 billion has been funded by the government in the fields of technical and vocational education and training since 2017.

Modern equipment and machinery, state-of-the-art laboratories, retooling of already-existing laboratories and workshops, and infrastructure upgrades at TVET schools are all outcomes of the investment.

At the annual Ghana National Union of Technical Students Education Summit and TVET Expo in Accra, Professor Kingsley Nyarko, the Deputy Minister of Education responsible for TVET, announced this.

With a projected 60,000 students enrolled in the 2023–24 academic year, he claimed that the number of students enrolled in TVET institutions had topped 100,000.

The summit is on the theme “Transforming Ghana: The Role of TVET for Sustainable Economic Growth and Decent Job Creation.” 

The Deputy Minister said the country would continue to prioritise education as the most crucial factor in national development.  

“What will be the value of education if it does not improve our societies, make them functional, address problems, help us to survive and thrive, and adapt to new challenges,” he said.

Prof. Nyarko pointed out that countries who prioritized education and made industrialization a vital part of development are the ones that have developed, are still developing, and are prospering.

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He claimed that in addition to creating a knowledge society, industrialization necessitated that citizens’ skill development be prioritized in order to maintain economies and create affluent, forward-thinking countries.

“Education that produces only hard skills is not very relevant in this globally changing world; what is needed is education that can promote generic or transferable skills that can be the agents of transformation,” he said.

Prof. Nyarko said the country needed to provide students with lifelong learning to develop a broad mindset to establish enterprises rather than being in paid employment. 

He encouraged the students to be steadfast in their disciplines, saying, “You only have to be diligent, resilient, focused, and committed to your studies, to be an asset to your family, society, and country.” 

Studies show that compared to graduates of general education, TVET graduates have established far more SMEs.

The Director General of the Commission for Technical and Vocational Education, Dr. Fred Kyei Asamoah, emphasized the value of technical and vocational training in building the workforce needed for development.

In order to give the swarming youth access to jobs, he declared that the government would keep pushing to raise the proportion of TVET students.

The president of the Ghana National Union of Technical Students, Mr. Abdul Aziz Abinye, praised the government for funding TVET.

He promised to take the lead in facilitating conversations to look into creative ways to realize TVET’s full potential.

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