The Senior Minister, Yaw Osafo Marfo called on me, the Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) team at the Ministry and the Ghana Education Service (GES) to discuss the current state and future of the skills sector in Ghana.
Impressed by the able team at the Ministry of Education, the Senior Minister charged us to transform TVET in the shortest possible time, adding that the success of education is measured by employability and the quality and quantity of skills available in the workforce.
I informed him that TVET has always been a priority for me and my Ministry and that I am fully aware of its transforming powers on a nation. Therefore, the Ministry of Education, in collaboration with GES and the Council for Technical and Vocational Education and Training (COTVET) is embarking on a massive revamp of the sector to make sure that our young people who choose technical and/or vocational education attain world class standards and certification.
So far we are:
1. Processing the TVET bill in parliament
2. Unifying all TVET institutions to be under the watch of COTVET
3. Giving all secondary level TVET students free education under the Free SHS
4. Collaborating with the likes of the World Bank, Televic, AVIC, De Lorenzo, GIZ and others to revamp and retool many of our technical institutions
5. Encouraging students and trainees through competitions, international exchange programmes and scholarships to become innovative problem solvers
6. Providing loan facilities through MASLOC for startups in TVET
Very soon, my team and I will provide Ghanaians with an update on the reforms taking place to boost TVET in Ghana to make it the premium choice for all those who wish to pursue lifelong careers in the skills sector.