The Executive Director of the Council for Technical and Vocational Educational Training, COTVET, Dr. Fred Keyi Asamoah, has said that parents should encourage their wards to select courses in technical and vocational skills to produce the needed human resources for the country.
Addressing parents of the 2020 BECE edition, Dr. Fred said that the “Ghana Beyond Aid” mantra can only be achieved if Technical and Vocational Education is prioritised.
The Executive Director expressed that most advanced countries are so far ahead because they invested in training their youth in TVET.
“What government is doing is to let Ghanaians know that all the advanced countries that are doing well have done so with their TVET graduates and if Ghana can be beyond aid, we cannot do otherwise.”
Dr. Fred also stated that TVET is a good endeavour and is benefitting a lot of its students and goes on to give them recognition in the business industry.
He asked parents to encourage their children to go to technical and vocational schools.
“If we want a better future for our kid, we should allow them to select TVET. We shouldn’t say they had a higher grade, so they cannot be in TVET.”
He added that though candidates of the ongoing Basic Education Certificate Examination have selected their courses at the secondary level, he believes that technical and vocational education should be given the needed attention as it’s of great benefit.
“Some of the students that competed in our 2018 natural skills competition had the opportunity to go and further their education in Italy. They’re back in Ghana and about 3 of them are working on a project and in no time, they’ll be setting up their own companies.”
“My advice to parents is that gone are the days that there was less attention given to TVET graduates. Now, the TVET qualification will help to ensure that our young ones can progress from level 1, which is the proficiency level all the way to the last level.”