Stakeholders in the Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) sector have held a workshop in Accra, to discuss the implementation of the Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) policy.
They explained that the examination-based approach currently used in the educational system was inappropriate and, therefore, suggested the adoption and implementation of the RPL policy.
RPL is a simple process in assessing a person’s skills or knowledge irrespective of where and how they acquired them.
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The workshop was
The stakeholders were made up of educational policy makers, representatives from the National Accreditation Board, National Council for Tertiary Education, National Board for Technician and the Examination Council, Technical Exams Unit of the Ghana Education Service (GES), Association of Ghana Industries (AGI) and technical institutions across the country.
The Coordinator in charge of Policy Planning, Research, Monitoring and Evaluation of COTVET,
He said the RPL, when implemented as part of the mainstream educational system, would provide certification for players in the informal TVET sector, bringing about a lot of certified skilled people into the industry.
“The RPL is to give skilled persons in the informal TVET sector, the right leverage to negotiate and be placed appropriately in the industry
Moving forward, he said, they would intensify advocacy for the adoption of the RPL into the mainstream assessment system in the country.
Delivering a presentation during the workshop, the Coordinator in charge of Assessment and Certification for COTVET, Mr Seth Oku Asamoah, said “using just three hours to grade a person was not the right way to go, adding that RPL would give a learner an opportunity to demonstrate what he or she was capable of doing to meet the industry standards.”
He added that “countries that have advanced in their educational agenda had reformed their assessment system, so there was the need to use RPL as one of the tools to