Economist calls for the modification of technical schools into industrial educational institutions

Koforidua secondary technical school
Koforidua secondary technical school

The Reverend Dr. Samuel Worlanyo Mensah, Executive Director for the Centre for Greater Impact Africa, has urged the government to modify technical schools into industrial educational institutions to attract more youth into that sector.

He said such a national policy direction would also change people’s perception of technical and vocational training being the reserve of school dropouts.

He explained that developing that sector into industrial education would enable the country to develop at a fastest rate as more people would have skills to help them establish some small and medium-scale businesses.

Rev. Dr. Mensah said this at the “Ghana News Agency-Tema Regional Industrial News Hub Boardroom Dialogue,” which is a media think-tank platform for commercial and business operators to communicate to the world.

The GNA-Tema Industrial News Hub was created also to provide industrial players a communication platform and tool to use to reach out in a proactive way while serving as grounds to address national issues.

The economist said such persons would then employ others who would have been left unemployed after completion of school and that would not only reduce unemployment, but would also provide the government with more revenue as they would pay taxes to the state.

Rev. Dr. Mensah said: “Research shows that, once someone completes engineering or other technical and vocational training, they would not wait for government to employ them but will rather create job avenues for themselves and others”.

He said incorporating technical schools into industrial institutions would also create more entrepreneurial opportunities for the youth to help reduce the high rate of unemployment in the country.

Rev. Dr. Mensah said apart from making monies available for the youth as start-ups as contained in the 2022 budget, the government must strengthen the technical base of the country so many would develop the interest in manufacturing industries.

Mr Francis Ameyibor, the Tema Regional Manager of the Ghana News Agency admonished all public institutions to work with credible media institutions to help curb the spread of fake news in the country.

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