The Council for Technical and Vocational Education Training (COTVET) has urged government to increase investments in Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) to accelerate Ghana’s socio-economic development.
Dr Alfred Kyei Asamoah, the Executive Director, COTVET, said TVET would empower the teeming youth of the country in skills development at both the pre-tertiary and tertiary levels for both the formal and the informal sectors of the economy.
He said the country over the past 60 years had been investing almost 80 to 90 per cent of its educational investment in ‘general or grammar education’ with only 20 per cent return; adding that TVET, when given the needed attention by government, would serve as an important catalyst for Ghana’s economic transformation.
Dr Asamoah made these remarks in Accra at the TVET Partnership Training Workshop dubbed: “Working Session on Facilitating Partnerships between TVET Providers and Industry.”
He said equipping the youth with TVET skills would enable them to go into entrepreneurship, thereby reducing the over dependence on government for white-collar jobs.
Dr Asamoah said it was high time stakeholders strengthened their partnership in achieving their mission of working together to “produce a globally competitive workforce through quality oriented and demand-driven learning for national development” and thereby changing the face of TVET and Skills Development in Ghana and the Sub-Saharan Africa.
He said the council for technical and vocational education and training COTVET over the past few years had been leading the TVET reform agenda and has been able to carve out some critical policies which, would reduce youth unemployment.
He mentioned some of the policies as the Implementation of Competency Based Training (CBT), the Work Place Experience Learning (WEL), the National TVET Qualification Framework (NTVETQF) and the Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL).
Dr Asamoah said beyond the development of these policy directives, they needed to re-ignite their commitments to TVET to make it a major development block to Ghana’s economic growth and development.