Proprietors urged to prioritise technical, vocational education

Philip Tengzu, GNA

Wa, Aug. 12, GNA –
Madam Patricia Ayiko, the Upper West Regional Director of Education, has called
on proprietors to prioritise technical and vocational training to support
government’s efforts at improving technical education in the country.

She said improving
technical and vocational training was a major priority of the Government as a
means of fighting youth unemployment and its accompanying threats of social
vices and illegal migration of the youth.

Madam Ayiko made the
call during the Fifth Quadrennial Regional Delegate’s Conference of the Upper
West Regional branch of the Ghana National Association of Teachers (GNAT) in
Wa, which, among other things, was to elect executives to steer the affairs of
the Association.

The conference, on the
theme: “Transforming Societies through Education: The Role of Stakeholders in
Achieving Sustainable Development Goal Four (SDG4) in the Upper West Region,”
brought together traditional leaders, district directors of education and
teachers, among others, to brainstorm on how to enhance technical education in
the Region.

Madam Ayiko noted that
early childhood education was an integral part of the development of an
individual and that “more teachers must pursue courses in early childhood
education so as to improve upon the pupil teacher ratio at the kindergarten

She said teachers must
be committed and improve on their working relationship with their authorities,
students, families, and the society as a whole to achieve the SDG4.

Madam Ayiko
acknowledged GNAT as an astute and enviable partner in educational development
not only in the country but also at the global level.

Ms Philippa Larsen,
the Acting National President of GNAT, entreated the delegates to evaluate
activities, programmes and projects that would lead to the recruitment and
retention of members and sustainability of the Association.

She commended members
for their contribution to the growth of the Association and urged them to
“craft strategies, innovations, systems and processes to help catapult this
Association onto the higher level that we all desire to see.”

The Association
donated GH¢3,300.00 to 11 female students from 11senior high schools in the
Region as part of its efforts to support brilliant but needy students,
especially girls, to be able to access education to achieve the SDG4 in the
Region and Ghana at large.

The beneficiaries
commended GNAT for the kind gesture and gave it the assurance that they would
work hard to maximise the support to make GNAT and Ghana proud.


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