According to them, parents and guardians are withdrawing their wards into Senior High Schools since it is more affordable.

Presenting his IDP, Mr Philip Effa Atakora, Institute Manager,Yamfo Vocational Training Institute, said “most parents do not understand why they have to pay 168 Ghana cedis as fees for the wards in vocational schools while they could easily afford the 38 Ghana Cedis for SHS.

Back at Yamfo, parents are faced with the daily choice between the SHS and the Vocational Training Centre. What makes it worse is the fact that the two schools are directly opposite each other but with different orientation.”

He called on government to as soon as possible relieve parents of the financial burden to restore the faith that communities have in technical and vocational education.

The two-day workshop was organised by the Council for Technical and Vocational Education and Training (COTVET).

It was attended by academics and heads of technical and vocational institutions.

COTVET was established in 2006 by an act of Parliament to primarily formulate national policies on skills development across pre-tertiary and tertiary levels of education in both the formal and informal sectors of education.

It also coordinates, harmonizes and supervises activities of public and private technical and vocational education and training providers including apprenticeship in the informal sector.
It is an agency under the Ministry of Education governed by a 15-member board.

Source: GNA

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