The Deputy Minister for Education in charge of Technical Vocational Education Training (TVET) has stated that the subject area was not for the slack as perceived by society.
“TVET is not for slacking in academics… How did we develop that mentality as a people, are engineers, manufacturers and designers people of less brains no, in fact you even need high brains to venture into TVET… as it requires innovation and critical thinking to achieve results”, she added.
The Deputy Minister was speaking at the end of a two-day Developing Industry Standards conference 2018 on the theme “Developing Skills and Standards for Industry”.
She mentioned that government was committed to developing TVET in the country through various interventions and initiatives adding, “the country can develop well when we all change our minds on the subject”.
Mrs Gifty Eugenia Kusi, the Deputy Western Regional Minister urged stakeholders with interest in skills development and improved training to facilitate action to modernise TVET and to align with oil and gas and other industry standards.
She said the modernisation of skills training was essential for more Ghanaians to acquire the requisite competencies to participate in the value chain of the industry.
Mrs Kusi was however worried about the ineffective relationships between industry, government TVET implementers and technical institutions that had resulted in skills mismatch and mentioned that government had put in place a five year strategic plan for TVET which would result in its Service and council.
Nana Kwesi Agyeman ix, paramount chief of Lower Dixcove said developing TVET was developing Ghana and its progress and encouraged policy makers to ponder on the subject matter and make an informed policy direction and decision on the subject area.