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Gov’t mulls creation of Technical Education Service

By
Kwabia Owusu-Mensah GNA

Kumasi, June 19, GNA –
Dr. Mathew Opoku Prempeh, the Education Minister, has hinted of government’s
plans to create a Technical Education Service (TES) to provide impetus to the
promotion of technical and vocational education.

He said a specialized
agency was needed to develop standards, curriculum and regulate technical and
vocational education.

He was addressing a
meeting with members of the Association of Principals of Technical Institutes
(APTI) in Kumasi.

Dr. Opoku Prempeh
indicated that the government was not only committed to mainstreaming technical
and vocational education, but to also make it the number one option in senior
high school (SHS) education, in the next five years.

The meeting provided
the forum to adequately inform the Principals of the plans and programmes for
this sector of education and collate their views and ideas to make these work.

The Minister noted
that the nation’s industrialization agenda could not be achieved without
skilled middle level manpower and that was why they would go to every length to
make technical education attractive to students.

A delegation had
already been to Germany to study its technical education concept and the
experiences learnt to be replicated in the technical and vocational schools, he
added.

He told the Heads that
the government was working to secure funding to rehabilitate and equip the
technical universities and institutes.

He gave the assurance
that the free SHS policy – to start in the coming September, would cover
technical and vocational education and asked the Principals to ready themselves
for the programme.

The Minister warned
against the politicization of the free SHS policy and said it was not for
scoring political points, but about the future of the country.

Professor Kwasi Opoku
Amankwaa, Director-General of the Ghana Education Service (GES), repeated that
technical and vocational education formed integral part of the government’s
development agenda.

He urged the
Principals to work hard and with renewed commitment to transform technical and
vocational in the country.

GNA

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