Former General Secretary of the Technical University Teachers Association of Ghana (TUTAG), Mr. David Worwui Brown has commended the free Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) promise made by the National Democratic Congress.
Mr. David Brown stated that the NDC’s pledge to implement a free TVET is feasible and applaudable.
Comparing the mainstream university academic work to that technical universities, Mr Brown stated that government must be able to provide the requisite resources for the free technical and vocational educational training.
“I think free TEVET is not a bad policy and I believe it is feasible . if we look at those who do technical courses or education in Ghana, they are fewer than the main stream academic work. And so if government have been able to hold on free education for secondary education, why not for-fit something that will equally be done for those who are in engaged in Tvet education. It is feasible. Anything that we set up to do as a country, once there is a will, there is a possibility of doing that. Ghana has a lot of resources and so it is feasible.” He said.
He further urged government to stop disbursing funds to areas which are of less importance but rather invest in technical education especially in this COVID-19 period.
“As a country, we are rather wasting money on some unnecessary things than the things that are actually necessary. We have neglected technical education. COVID-19 has come and we are about getting out and so the program is not going to start today, but if I think there are something the government is wasting money on and it can cut off some of those things and put the money into some of these rather important ventures for the country and so for me for the COVID will not have a much effect on the program.” he said.
The National Democratic Congress has promised to construct new Technical and Vocational Education Training (TVET) schools and also to make TVET free to secondary and tertiary levels when elected into power in the upcoming December 7, 2020 polls.
The Vice-Presidential candidate of the party, Prof. Jane Naana Opoku Agyemang further stated that it will be complemented with the establishment of a new ultra-modern technical institute in regions that do not have any.
A National Apprenticeship Program and a National Internship Program would be initiated to increase early career opportunities in the area.
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