An Educationist and the Publisher for Success Link Publication Limited, Mr. Saeed Adam Banda, has stressed that it is now time to shift the focus of the country's educational systems to Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) to help boost employment and sustainable development in the country.
"It it is too long Technical and Vocational Education and Training has been relegated to the background in Ghana's educational reform agenda," he noted.
Following this development, Mr Banda advocated that focusing on the TVET will be focal to reducing the rise of unemployment rates in Ghana.
Mr. Banda lamented that “the neglect of technical and vocational training over the years might have contributed to the high unemployment and rising poverty among the youth”.
In the interest of enormous opportunities in career path, he opined that there is the need for a massive public campaign on TVET education in regard to enlightening school children to engage in it for available skilled work.
According to the Educationist, the Ghanaian dreams of transforming the economy through job creation should not neglect technical and vocational training over reading and writing, as known as the Guggisberg form of education in the country.
“Over the years, we have not done well to shake off the colonial model of education which placed so much emphasis on grammar and clerical skills rather than the technical and vocational sets of competence which we need to drive growth,” he said.
In his view on the TVET initiative, Mr. Saeed commended the NPP government led by Nana-Addo, for the initiative but expressed that high youth unemployment gaps within the labour force underline the necessity for vocational and technical education while the majority of Ghanaians schooling only focus and study the arts, business, sciences etc. without considering TVET as a career path.
Speaking in an interview on Tain FM Anopa Nkommo show, Mr Banda pointed out that it is time to focus and grasp the TVET to exert in gradual to eradicate the enemy of the unemployment crisis in the country for sustainable development.
He emphasized that, Ghana must place TVET education in the centre of job creation strategy to successfully boost the country's economic and industrial transformation efforts.
He urged the parents to unsubscribe from the negative narratives that TVET is meant for academically weak students, but rather encourage their children to grasp TVET programmes to benefit their lives for sustainable development of the country.