The Deputy Minister of Education in charge of Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET), Mrs. Gifty Twum-Ampofo has encouraged students, especially female students, to take TVET seriously because it holds the key to an easy and successful future.
According to the Minister, TVET has the potential to spur socio-economic growth, decrease unemployment, and improve the skills and competencies of the youth to become globally competitive.
The Deputy Minister made the statement at the Presbyterian Church of Ghana (PCG) 4thAnnual Consultation Meeting on Education on Wednesday 13th July 2022 in Koforidua.
The meeting was on the theme “Promoting Academic Excellence and Moral Uprightness in our Educational Institutions through Religious Discipline, Reflection on the Past, Present and Future; the role of the Presbyterian Church and Stakeholders”.
Mrs Twum-Ampofo, urged parents not to stop their wards from pursuing TVET-related courses.
She said the notion that TVET courses were for students who were not academically brilliant was one of the factors that discouraged people from studying those courses at both secondary and tertiary levels.
According to the minister, “TVET is never for the second grade individual, it is never for the people who are not smart.”
She explained that the investment the government was making in TVET education and the equipment bought to retool the workshops could not be left to people who were not serious to manage.
“TVET is for the people who can manage facilities concerning our lives and these are the first-class students and I am appealing to parents to encourage their children who are smart and wish to do TVET to do so.
The Deputy Minister also urged teachers to guide the young ones into TVET and by doing so, the poverty level in the country will reduce to an extent and will also reduce youth unemployment.
She said with the kind of equipment at the TVET secondary schools in the country, products from the second cycle institutions could be self-employed and even employ others with their skills.
She said the objective was to equip TVET students with the technical and entrepreneurial skills that could make them self-employed and thereby reducing the rate of employment in the country.
Source: Presbyterian Media