As part of efforts to improve technical education in Ghana, government, through the Council for Technical and Vocational Education (COTVET), has introduced the Competency-based Training (CBT) as the flagship of the reforms in the Technical, Vocational Education and Training (TVET) sector.

Government, through the Development of Skills for Industry Project (DSIP), with funding from the African Development Bank, is also training 500 master crafts persons, providing scholarships for 4,000 students and apprentices as well as scholarships for TVET instructors to enable them upgrade their skills.


In addition, government is also rehabilitating 13 TVET institutions nationwide to upgrade them to ultra modern TVET learning centres.


The Deputy Minister for Education in charge of Tertiary Education, Hon. Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa, made these known at the opening in Accra, yesterday, of a stakeholder workshop organized by COTVET, under the DSIP, to validate a National Strategic Plan for TVET.


Hon. Okudzeto Ablakwa noted that the lack of a blueprint to guide successive governments and development partners in their investments into the TVET sector was one of the major challenges facing the sector.


He said government remained committed to revamping the TVET sector and underscored the relevance of a strategic plan for the successful implementation of recommendations at the policy level regarding the future of the sector. “In the past few years, we have made many recommendations at the policy level regarding the future of TVET.


These include the increase in budgetary allocation, rebranding of TVET, institutional and human resource development, and curriculum review and development, among others,” he stated.


He said the National TVET Strategic Plan should provide the framework within which all the interventions could be mainstreamed and sustained for greater impact.


Welcoming participants to the workshop, the Executive Director of COTVET, Mr Sebastian Deh, commended stakeholders for their support in the development of the TVET sector.


About 150 participants attended the workshop, the second in a series of four nationwide consultations leading to the development of the TVET Strategic Plan.


Under the proposed Strategic Plan, each of the ten regions of Ghana will have Model TVET providers which set a benchmark for the further development of a world-class and demand-driven education and training system which will meet the needs of Ghanaian learners and the Ghanaian economic sector development, with  clear progression pathways and internationally recognized qualifications.


Source: ISD (G.D. Zaney)

Created: 20 May 2015
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