The flagbearer of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), John Dramani Mahama has promised to establish Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) centre in every district to enable school dropouts to acquire some skills in attaining jobs when elected in the upcoming 2020 polls.
Mr. Mahama speaking at the commissioning of a cassava flour factory at Kintampo in the Bono East Region, said the policy is aimed at creating more opportunities for the youth.
“We have planned to establish Vocational and Technical Education Training Centre so that persons who could not further their education to acquire some skills being it sewing, hairdressing, carpentry or anything vocational so that they can also acquire some skills and start a career for themselves and become better persons in the future.”
He (Mr. Mahama) also promised to establish crop processing zones across the country when elected in the upcoming general elections.
“It is not only the farming that matters, but we also need to consider the plight of farmers who are unable to sell their farm produce. We will add value to them with the establishment of factories at many places to help the farmers sell off their produce.”
“We will rename the Ministry of Agriculture to the Ministry of Agriculture and Agribusiness so that the small factories will be taken care off by it by a programme called crop processing zones.”
NDC will prioritize TVET and introduce free apprenticeship training
Earlier, the Campaign Manager of NDC, Professor Joshua Alabi has said the party will absorb apprenticeship fees paid by carpenters, welders, plumbers, electricians, and hairdressers, among others in it next government.
Professor Alabi said the party’s Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) programme would also recognize experiential knowledge for progression to higher levels.
Explaining in detail the party’s TVET programme, the Campaign manager said the NDC Presidential Candidate believes that providing financial support to an apprentice would contribute towards both job creation and the development of the critical mass needed for national development.
“In countries like Germany and Singapore it is skills development that moves the country but in our country, we’ve placed more emphasis on the grammar type of education,” he bemoaned.