Accra, June 11, GNA - The Government on Wednesday launched, the MyTVET Campaign, to project and enhance the image of Technical and Vocational Education (TVET) to attract more youth to engage in it.
Dr Mathew Opoku Prempeh, the Minister for Education, who launched the campaign underscored the need for the nation to have skilled and competent workforce such as artisans and technicians to fill the skills gap of the various sectors of the economy.
“MyTVET Campaign is aimed at reducing drastically, the negative public perception about TVET and thus seeks to enhance the image of TVET,” Mrs Gifty Twum-Ampofo, the Deputy Minister of Education, in charge of TVET, said.
The launching of the MyTVET Campaign was organised jointly by the Council for Technical and Vocational Education and Training (COTVET), Development Partners and the Ministry of Education on theme “Skills for Jobs and National Development.”
Dr Prempeh emphasised vocational skills training and capacity building for both men and women as key priority areas for sustainable development of a nation, saying that the lack of appropriate technical and entrepreneurial skills and knowledge within the private and public sectors led to under-development.
He noted a rather low recognition given to TVET in most parts of Africa until the recent past, and said the campaign would help hasten the nation’s quest to be beyond aid, as TVET had become the main driver of economic growth and self-sustainability.
Dr Prempeh, who is also the MP for Manhyia South Constituency, and adjudged in recent survey by the Political Science Department of the University of Ghana as the best performing Minister, announced that the Government is improving the infrastructure of TVET institutions in various parts of the country to improve TVET.
Also, it is establishing a TVET Service and providing free technical and vocational education and training and upgrading the Colleges of Education which offered specialisation in technology.
Furthermore, the Ghana Education Service and COTVET had jointly initiated a pilot TVET Careers Guidance and Counselling Project in 100 schools in all the regions of Ghana, to equip junior high students with the right to information to enable them decide on their career aspirations, in addition to an introduction of skills competition by COTVET and the Ministry of Education as part of the campaign to revitalise vocational education and training.
The Minister observed that the campaign was
demanding and expensive, and as such COTVET and its partners and its
stakeholders must strive to make it successful and impactful.
“Do not sleep on the job after the launch,” the Minister warned.
Dr Fred Kyei Asamoah, Executive Director of COTVET, said many technicians were facing unemployment because there was no effective collaboration and policy direction among Government, Industry and educational institutions.
“This generally happens when technical schools prescribe a curriculum without keeping in view the requirements of industries,” Mr Asamoah said.
He added that the challenge, which cuts across sectors can be addressed, if industries were familiar with latest technical development and trends and were provided with efficient and well skilled hands.
Mr Asamoah therefore stressed strong collaboration between industry and training institutions as a major factor in achieving strong TVET, and urged to[GP1] lead the process of training their next users.
The MyTVET Campaign comprises career guidance, skill competitions, roadshows, TVRadio, TVET ambassadors and role models and TVET clubs.