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Govt embarks on strategy to link TVET institutions — Dep. Minister

BY: Emmanuel Baah
 Gifty Twum Ampofo (left), Deputy Minister of Education in charge of Technical,  Vocational Education and Training (TVET), presenting a plaque to Sparcil Oppong, the Overall Best Graduating Student
Gifty Twum Ampofo (left), Deputy Minister of Education in charge of Technical, Vocational Education and Training (TVET), presenting a plaque to Sparcil Oppong, the Overall Best Graduating Student

The Deputy Minister of Education in charge of Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET), Gifty Twum Ampofo, says the government is embarking on a comprehensive strategy to create a chain between the lower level TVET institutions and technical universities.

That, according to her, was to ensure that the young Ghanaian would have a clear path of skills acquisition and development towards nation building.

She said to further demonstrate the government’s commitment to the TVET agenda, TVET institutions at the second cycle level had been made free just as the free senior high school (SHS) concept.

“The essence of this free technical education at that level is to ensure that all interested Ghanaians who want to pursue TVET programmes can also receive the needed national support,” She noted.

17th Congregation

Delivering a keynote address at the 17th Congregation of the Kumasi Technical University (KsTU) in Kumasi on Saturday, April 9,2022,she encouraged Ghanaians to have a different view of the TVET system and motivate their children to pursue programmes in those areas.

She seized the opportunity to advise technical universities to stay focused on their mandate in order not to deviate from the very purpose for which they were established.

In all, 2,793 students who pursued programmes in Master of Technology, Bachelor of Technology, Higher National Diploma, Professional Diploma, Ordinary Diploma and CTVET Diploma, graduated.

The Vice Chancellor, Nana Professor Osei-Wusu Achaw, noted that the congregants included those who completed their studies during the 2020/2021 academic year.

He said the university this year admitted over 4,509 fresh students and that student population now stood at a little over 12,000.

Infrastructure

The VC said to accommodate the increasing student population and also provide them quality training, the university had initiated a number of projects to improve on its infrastructure.

Key among them, he said, included the nearly completed new Faculty of Creative Arts building at its Adako-Jachie campus in the Ashanti Region, being funded by the GETFund at an estimated cost of GHc14million.