Technical universities in the country have been tasked to push government’s industrialization drive through Technical and Vocational Education Training (TEVT).
According to Dr Stephen Turkson, a TVET Consultant, the nation relied mostly on technical universities to push her industrialization agenda forward to address development challenges and create jobs for the people.
Unemployment, he observed, could be reduced drastically if conscious efforts were made to put TVET at the centre stage of the country’s education system, he added.
Speaking at the a colloquium, organized by the Sunyani Technical University, held at its campus, Dr Turkson advised students to develop the interest and pursue courses in TVET to create jobs for themselves.
On completion, he said TVET courses would prepare and broaden the mind-set of students to be able to acquire gainful employment and minimize their over-reliance on the government for jobs.
The education meeting was on the theme: “Skills Development and Entrepreneurship through TVET for Accelerated National Development.”.
Globally, Dr Turkson explained that 80 percent of all jobs involved TVET saying, TVET is at the centre of everything and Ghana needs to sharpen and develop her entrepreneurship skills to create employment opportunities for the people.
He said it was unfortunate that the Ghanaian society regarded TVET as a reserve for failures and school dropouts, and indicated that technical and vocational education could drive the economy and facilitate accelerated national development.
Prof. Ing. Kwadwo Adinkrah-Appiah, the Vice-Chancellor of the STU, said the government had supplied the University with state-of-the art laboratory equipment for the university to commence a four-year Bachelor of Technology Programmes.
The equipment, would reduce the cost of training of students as well as facilitate and enhance effective practical studies to become relevant in the job market, he added.
Attendance at the meeting were Ing. Dr. Kwame Agyeman Boakye, the Chairman of the university governing council, Ing. Dr. Justice Solomon Korantwi-Barimah, the Pro-Vice Chancellor, and Mr Samuel Ankama Obour, the Registrar.