As part of efforts to make technical and vocational education a priority, Vice President Mahamudu Bawumia launched the Ghana Technical and Vocational Education and Training Service (TVET).
This brings together all the technical and vocational programs managed by 19 different ministries under the Ghana TVET Service, the director general of the service reporting to the Minister and the Ministry of Education, like his counterpart, the Director General of Ghana. Department of education and other bodies under the ministry.
The operationalization of the service also aims to ensure the smooth start of the government’s flagship program ‘Free TVET for All’, under which all TVET institutions that are now supported by the Ghana TVET service will be included in the next academic year (February 2022) Computerized school selection and placement system (CSSPS) for the selection of junior high school graduates.
During the launch on Tuesday, December 14, 2021 at the Technical Training Center in Accra (ATTC), Vice-President Bawumia recalled that before the Akufo-Addo government took office in 2017, many challenges including the poor perception of TVET, the multiplicity of standards, testing and certification systems, and an informal TVET system that had been neglected and detached from the formal sector affected the quality of TVET delivery in our institutions.
This has made it difficult for the sector to become the key catalyst that could spur industrialization and the creation of decent jobs for the citizens of this country, but the government, he said, is tackling many these problems.
âThis 2017 government, as part of the president’s plan to transform technical and vocational education and training in the country, streamlined the TVET sector to ensure that the sector becomes a central force in our national development program â.
âOne of the many such initiatives to ensure this is the creation of the Ghana TVET service.
In 2017, the government formed a 15-member technical committee with members from various ministries and agencies to establish Ghana’s TVET service â.
âAfter extensive work and engagement of national stakeholders, the Committee presented a draft law to Cabinet for approval in 2019. The draft was then sent to Parliament and approved by the President of the Republic, HE Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo -Addo on December 29, 2020 as âpre-tertiary law of 2020 (law 1049)â.
The essence of Law 1049, explained Dr Bawumia, is to ensure that all TVET institutions under the 19 ministries are realigned with Ghana’s TVET service. Until now, these TVET institutions have been placed under the auspices of bodies such as the Technical and Vocational Education Division of the Ghana Education Service (GES-TVED); National Institute for Vocational Training (NVTI); Ghana Opportunities Industrialization Center (OICG); Gender, children and social protection; Ghana Appropriate Technology Regional Industrial Service (GRATIS); Professional Institutes of Community Development (CDVI); Youth Leadership and Skills Training Institutes (YLSTI), Social Welfare Training Institutes, Agricultural Institutes and Technology Solution Centers; and Integrated Community Centers for Employable Skills (CICE).
While improving the capacity of the education sector in the country to create a stronger TVET service, it is equally important to draw attention to the professional strengthening and capacities of facilitators and teachers who will train young people in the different technical and vocational training institutes, noted Dr Bawumia.
Fortunately, the Ministry of Education has made significant progress in the professionalism of teachers to comply with global education standards.
“Therefore, I urge parents of JHS graduates to advise their neighborhoods to consider choosing TVET programs, as these programs are designed to equip our SHS leavers with the practical skills needed for the job market.” .
Responding to the fears of parents and guardians who were perhaps worried about a possible truncation of the educational path of children who take the TVET path, the vice president assured: levels through certificate levels at HND , B.TECH, M.TECH at doctoral level in technology with the National Qualifications Framework for TVET (NTVETQF), which the Commission is implementing for TVET.
Ghana TVET Service’s first Managing Director, Ms. Mawusi N. Awity, pledged her outfit’s commitment to meeting the needs of young people, saying, âWe will ensure skills development by young people and older people for their benefit. help create jobs and help move our beloved Ghana forward. “