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Government to establish Technical and Vocational Education Service - Minister for Education hints

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The Government has plans to establish a technical and vocation education service to focus on that sub sector and to remove the stigma associated with it aimed at promoting technical and vocational education.

He said a specialized agency was needed to develop standards, curriculum and regulate technical and vocational education to bring about uniformity and recognition for technical and vocational certificates.

Similarly, all technical and vocational institutions in the country will `be streamlined, retooled and given all the necessary support to make them the number one choice of Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) candidates desirous of gaining admission into senior high schools, in the next five years.

The hint was dropped by the Minister for Education, Dr. Matthew Opoku Prempeh, in his second meeting with key officers of the GES including members of the Association of Principals of Technical Institutions, Conference of Managers of Educational Units (COMEU), Internal Auditors and West African Examinations Council (WAEC) examination coordinators within a month in Kumasi yesterday.

Earlier from in May, 2017, he met with Regional and District Directors of Education, domestic bursars, matrons, accountants, IPPD officers, supply officers and storekeepers to discuss how efficiently the 2017 budget estimates can be implemented, and other issues relating to improving quality, access, equity and collaboration to ensure the efficient implementation of the free senior high school policy in September this year.

The meeting provided the forum to adequately inform the Principals of the plan and programmes for the sector and collate their views and ideas to improve technical and vocational education and training.

Dr. Opoku Prempeh noted that the nation’s industrialization agenda could not be achieved without skilled middle level manpower and that was the why government would go every length to make technical and vocational education attractive to students.

According to him, a delegation had already visited Germany to study its technical education concept and the experiences learnt to be replicated in the technical and vocational schools in the country.

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

Teachers

The minister said that only teachers educated and trained in technical and vocational subject areas would be posted to teach in technical and vocational institutions whilst teachers with technical and vocational education and training background would be allowed to head those institutions.

Curriculum/syllabus

Dr. Opoku Prempeh told them that, as heads of technical and vocational institutes, they develop a curriculum and syllabi, with support from the ministry and the approval of the GES for use in their schools.


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