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Government to set up skills development fund

By Josephine Nyarkoh, GNA

Kumasi, July 17, GNA – The government has
announced plans to set up a “Skills Development Fund” to help provide strong
support to vocational and technical training.

Dr. Fred Kyei Asamoah, Executive Director for
the Council for Technical and Vocational Education and Training (COTVET), said
it was going to address the challenges of insufficient

resources and logistics, the sector had been
struggling with.

He was speaking at the 40th anniversary
celebration of the Ramseyer Vocational Training Institute in Kumasi.

The event, which coincided with the 14th
graduation ceremony of the school, was held under the theme “40 years of
excellence in technical vocational education in nation building: the Presbyterian
Church of Ghana (PCG) factor”.

In all, 56 students graduated and were
presented with certificates in building construction technology, fashion
design, electrical engineering and catering management.

Dr. Asamoah indicated that part of the fund
would be used to build the capacity of the instructors through training and supply
the vocational and technical training schools with the

requisite tools and equipment to properly
function.

He said the goal was to make the technical and
vocational sector, a catalyst for economic growth and development.

“Government recognizes TVET as key to
transform the country’s economy from an import driven economy to an export driven
economy”, he added.

He encouraged the graduating students to be
bold to set up their own businesses.

Mr. Samuel Asamoah Ayeh-Hanson, Principal of
the Institute, appealed for the construction of additional structures to enable
to increase students’ enrolment.

He complained about encroachment on the
school’s land and called for the government, the church and traditional
authorities to act together to tackle the problem.

Long-serving and hardworking teaching and
non-teaching staff were honoured with prizes.

GNA

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