Vocational education and training key to development

Ghanaians have been asked not to downplay vocational education and training given its huge potential to create jobs and reduce poverty.


Odeneho Kwaku Appiah, a Businessman, said the nation needed to focus more effort on providing the youth with skills that would enable them to make meaningful contribution to the growth of the economy.

ANN YALLEY, BRANCH NETWORK SERVICES SUPERVISOR, TAKORADI SEWS SCHOOL BAG AT BIRIWA NVTI IN THE CENTRAL REGIONHe was speaking at the fourth graduation ceremony held by the Afrancho Zone of the Ghana National Tailors and Dressmakers Association (GNTDA) at Afrancho in the Afigya-Kwabre District.

He asked parents to overcome the prejudice – the misconceptions about technical and vocational training and encourage their children to learn trades that would help them to become self-employed and employ other people.

Odeneho Appiah, who is the Afigya-Kwabre South Constituency Chairman of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), said that was the path to travel, to create wealth and grow the economy.

He criticized the situation, where many an apprentice, were denied adequate support to go through their training in comfort and said that was unacceptable and must stop.

He suggested to the metropolitan, municipal and district assemblies to make youth development through skills training an urgent priority.

They should also create business-friendly environment for members of the various trade associations to operate and expand their economic activities.

Ms. Constance Amankwa, Programmes Officer at the District Office of the National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE), used the occasion to appeal to everybody to act responsibly in the run up to the November 7, general elections.

They should also desist from acts that could jeopardize the peace, before, during and after the polls.

Mr. Mazil Tweneboah, Zonal Chairman of GNTDA, said dressmaking was a lucrative business and asked youth to take to it.

Source: GNA

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