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First Ghana TVET Report launched

BY: Emmanuel Bonney & Kadmiel Kweifio-Okai
Dr Yaw Osei Adutwum (3rd from right), Minister of Education, with Gifty Twum-Ampofo (3rd from left), Deputy Minister of Education in charge of TVET, and Fred Kyei Asamoah (2nd from left), Director-General, CTVET, launching the Ghana TVET Report 2021. Picture: ELVIS NII NOI DOWUONA
Dr Yaw Osei Adutwum (3rd from right), Minister of Education, with Gifty Twum-Ampofo (3rd from left), Deputy Minister of Education in charge of TVET, and Fred Kyei Asamoah (2nd from left), Director-General, CTVET, launching the Ghana TVET Report 2021. Picture: ELVIS NII NOI DOWUONA

The first Ghana Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) Report, which provides reliable data on the sector for effective policy planning and decision making, has been launched in Accra.

The 132-page report also provides policy advice on the state of TVET to the government and information to stakeholders on the developments in the sector.

Launching the report, developed by the Commission on TVET in Accra last Thursday, the Minister of Education, Dr Yaw Osei Adutwum, underscored the need for the production of the video version of the report in its subsequent editions.

He was grateful to the President for the provision of resources for the development and transformation of a vibrant TVET regime.

Challenges

In the midst of the economic challenges occasioned by the COVID-19 and the Russian-Ukraine war, Dr Adutwum said it was believed it would affect the undertaking of projects, “but it would amaze you to know that for the first time in the history of this country, we have seven colleges focusing on TVET under construction concurrently across the length and breadth of this nation and that is something we ought to commend the president for”.

Dr Adutwum noted that under such an initiative the capacity of the colleges would result in an increase in enrolment by close to 100 per cent, adding that it was not a mean feat and that it took courage and determination to transform the country’s education.

Presentation

The Minister of Education cited the retooling of the 34 National Vocational Training Institutes (NVTIs), technical institutions and the various initiatives being undertaken in the TVET sector as a clear demonstration and evidence of the government’s commitments and resolve to develop the sector.

The Deputy Minister of Education in charge of TVET, Gifty Twum-Ampofo, charged the commission to make its website active and current.

“When we talk about TVET report, it is an area, if not for support that we have from our donor partners and the collaboration that we lend from them, maybe, we wouldn’t have thought of doing that. But, by the grace of God, we have that today,” she said.

Empower

The Director-General of CTVET, Dr Fred Kyei Asamoah, said TVET was surely a way to empower the country’s citizens to contribute meaningfully to its sustainable development.

“We cannot express how thrilled we as a commission are to have you here as you observe the official launch of the maiden Ghana TVET report.”

“We know this is the beginning, and there would be some teething problems. Obviously, it might not be a perfect document,” he said.

Achievement

The Head of Department of the German Office for International Cooperation in VET (GOVET) at the Federal Institute for Vocational Education and Training (BIBB), Dr Ralf Hermann, described the launch of the report as a great achievement for Ghana.

He said his organisation appreciated his partnership with Ghana and was determined to continue it.

The Project Manager of GOVET, Julia Olesen, congratulated CTVET and the Ministry of Education on coming out with the maiden TVET report.

TVET reporting, she said, was crucial for the government and important source of information to researchers, policy makers and the public in general.