‘Akufo Addo’s investment on TVET Unmatched’ – Deputy CTVET Director General
The Deputy Director General of the Commission for Technical and Vocational Education and Training (CTVET), Engineer Peter Antwi Boasiako, has disclosed that the current New Patriotic Party government has invested almost $8 billion dollars in TVET infrastructure and training alone between 2017 and 2021.
Mr. Peter Antwi Boasiako declared that the commitment of the Akufo-Addo administration to the revamping and expansion of Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) is unmatched.
The Deputy Director General spoke to Kaakyire Kwasi Afari on Koforidua-based Afeema FM News on Friday, 26th August, 2022, after the launch of the 134 pages of the first Ghana Technical and Vocational Education and Training 2021 Report in Accra.
The report attempts to consolidate, verify and transparently present information and data on the TVET sector in Ghana.
According to him, this immense investment has been manifested in various forms, from enactment of appropriate legislation, through the massive investments in the rehabilitation, refurbishment and provision of infrastructure in existing training institutions, construction of State of the Art TVET institutions.
Mr. Antwi Boasiako again described the rolling out of the Free TVET programme across the country to complement the Free Senior High School programme as unprecedented in the history of Ghana’s technical education.
This, he said, makes the biggest investment made in the sector by a government for decades, indicating that the investment was part of the five-year strategic plan to transform the TVET sector nationwide.
The strategic plan according to Peter Antwi Boasiako, was also tied to the broader Education Sector Plan being implemented by the Ministry of Education.
He explained that the government was currently undertaking some major projects to tackle the infrastructure deficit in the various TVET institutions.
He told Kaakyire Kwasi Afari that, the projects being undertaken were designed to support Government’s efforts within the context of the Human Capital Development priorities and to resolve a key development challenge of low quality of skills produced by the general education in the country.
Some of the measures put in place to help the commission achieve its objectives of increasing the nation’s productivity include the construction of 32 state-of-the-art TVET institutions across all the 16 regions of Ghana.
Mr. Peter Antwi Boasiako is of the conviction that TVET is the only solution to the overwhelming unemployment and balance of trade deficit issues in Ghana and therefore youth in entrepreneurship is a promising alternative that should be promoted by various agencies.
Therefore, he has passionately called on Ghanaians particularly students in the country to wholeheartedly embrace Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET).
He is of the view that, entrepreneurship in any society is a sign of progress hence the need of the youth to prioritized TVET in Ghana.
By: Kaakyire Kwasi Afari-Afeema FM, Koforidua