A draft National Strategic Plan for Technical, Vocational Education and Training (TVET) in Ghana has been developed and endorsed for presentation to cabinet for approval and implementation.



The Plan, which is designed to promote and drive the development of skills in the country, was endorsed when the Working Group that is leading the process of having the Plan approved by Cabinet for implementation engaged industry by presenting the final draft of the Plan for discussions to ensure that recommendations and comments from Industry are reflected and incorporated in the plan for a successful implementation.


The development of the draft 10-year Costed Plan was led by the Council for Technical and Vocational Education and Training (COTVET), under its Development of Skills for Industry Project (DSIP), with support from the African Development Bank and in collaboration with stakeholders from the Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs), Development Partners, industry and institutions —both public and private —involved in TVET.


Addressing participants at the final round of consultations leading to the validation of the Plan in Accra, yesterday, Mr Mathew Dally, Project Co-ordinator and Head of the COTVET Project Support Unit (PSU), said the Strategic Plan was expected to provide a rejuvenated focus to the TVET sector and make TVET more relevant to the needs of Industry in Ghana.


Mr Dally said the need for a new National TVET Strategic Plan was informed by evidence to the effect that a successful TVET regime in Ghana was dependent on the existence of a relevant and responsive strategic plan that encapsulated and reflected the exigencies of all sectors.


In a presentation, a TVET Consultant, Dr Henry Akplu, noted that in a liberalized global economy, competitiveness was key to a country’s survival, adding that competitiveness did not depend so much on natural resources but on quality of human resources, which he described as the driving force behind science, technology, business sophistication, and innovation.


He said industry’s competitiveness was also affected by quality of its workforce, especially the quality of skilled workforce and that relevant and quality skills provision could not occur without the close involvement of industry.


He, therefore stressed the need to address issues such as the weak links between the TVET sector and industry which, he said, had led to supply-demand mismatches; neglect of non-formal TVET (especially the apprenticeship system); under-representation of females in engineering and technology-related fields and inadequate financing as well as obsolete and inadequate training facilities.


Dr Akplu called for the reform of TVET financing, provision of incentives to reward and encourage efficiency and effectiveness in TVET provision, equity in funding allocation across the public sector and the establishment of a single Agency or at most two Agencies— one for school-based TVET and the other for informal sector TVET — to be responsible for the funding of TVET.


In a presentation on DSIP, Ms Gertrude Addo, National Technical Assistant, COTVET, said the project aimed to support high quality middle-level technical and vocational skills needed for the growth and development of the Ghanaian economy.


Ms Addo said DSIP, which became effective in January 2013 and was expected to end in June 2017,  was being funded with a USD 124.36 million, made up of US$72.04  from the African Development Bank, a Grant of US$40.02, also from the African Development Bank and a Government of Ghana (GoG) contribution of US$ 12.3 million.


Under the project, she said, equitable access to TVET would be expanded, human and institutional capacity for TVET developed, quality and relevance of TVET improved and project management enhanced to ensure the effective implementation of the project through the COTVET and other partner agencies.


She underscored the importance of industry in the provision of quality TVET skills, and urged it to lead the development of the TVET sector.


She saidindustry’s role would consist of the development of curriculum, periodic training of instructors from selected technical institutions for the effective implementation of Competency-Based Training (CBT).


Ms Addo said one of the outcomes of DSIP was the development of a Costed National Strategic Plan for TVET.


Source: ISD (G.D. Zaney)



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