Government has affirmed its commiment to equip the laboratories of various technical schools to ensure that Ghana’s education system provides the right school leavers for industry. It is hoped that this would help students in the various technical institutions get the opportunity to expand their imagination and develop their skills. President Akufo-Addo made this known on Saturday, May 13, 2017, when he and the Minister for Education, Dr. Mathew Opoku Prempeh graced the occasion of the 33rd Anniversary and 2nd Speech and Prize Giving day celebration of the Mafe-Kumase Senior Technical School.
According to President Akufo-Addo, his government will not “turn the Free SHS into a process that simply churns out young people that would not be equipped to cope with the modern world”, stressing that “a High school educated child without any skills would be even more frustrated than a child that ended her education at the Junior High School.” He, therefore, assured that his government will “ensure that our High Schools and their teachers are equipped to deal with the white heat of science and technology that rule today’s world.”
Government also hopes that with the provision of laboratories, workshops and qualified teachers, Ghana’s technical educational system will contribute to overcoming the challenge of unemployment and underemployment in the country. “Science, technology and technical skills rule agriculture and the entire food industry, and that is where the jobs are. Remember the programme for Planting for Food and Jobs, which I rolled out recently at Goaso in the Bring Ahafo Region? Science, technology and technical skills rule industry, and you rule yourself out if you are not appropriately equipped. That is why we are insisting on the policy of One District, One Factory,” he added.
To this end, the President assured that his government will champion an educational system that focus on skills training through investments in infrastructure and the proper training of teachers.
The government also pledged to construct a modern and well-equipped workshop for the Mafe-Kumasi Sec-Tech to help transform your school.