The government has secured 12.8 million euros from Austria to upgrade 10 Technical and Vocational Training (TVET) colleges in Ghana, President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has said.
Planet One in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has also spent around €392 million on infrastructure development in National Vocational Training Institutes (NVTIs) to boost the TVET sector.
President Akufo-Addo said this in a speech read on his behalf by Mr. Michael Okyere Baafi, Deputy Minister of Trade and Industry, during a grand durbar in Sunyani to culminate the celebration of the 55th anniversary of Sunyani Technical University.
It was on the theme: “STU, 55 Years of Progress and Achievements in TVET Education: Mobilizing Excellence for Leadership in Ghana’s Industrialization Agenda”.
The government has since 2007 created a solid foundation for TVET due to its importance for the socio-economic development of the country, he said.
The rehabilitation and modernization of laboratories and workshops in universities and technical institutes remained one of the main projects undertaken by the government to improve vocational training in the country.
The project, which cost some US$199 million, was a collaboration between Ghana and its Chinese partners through AVIC International Holding Corporation of China.
The aim was to provide state-of-the-art equipment to 13 technical institutes and 10 technical universities in order to improve vocational training in these institutions.
Professor Kwadwo Adinkrah-Appiah, Vice-Chancellor of STU, expressed concern about the deplorable state of access roads to the university and called on the government to provide asphalt surfacing on the long campus road. four kilometres, in addition to the one kilometer Waterloo section, which remained unpaved.
He called for the construction of a pedestrian overpass on the Sunyani-Kumasi highway opposite the University to save students from frequent rollovers by motorists.
Professor Adinkrah-Appiah commended President Akufo-Addo for his support, through the Ghana Education Trust Fund (GETFUND), to complete the basement of the science park project, but regretted the annual allocation for the only GETFUND project at the University, saying that it was woefully insufficient.
Madame Justina Owusu-Banahene, the Bono Regional Minister, said
technical education remained crucial to the country’s industrialization program, which aimed to transform the economic structure from primary to secondary.
“In view of this, the government led by the New Patriotic Party is sparing no effort to ensure that technical education receives the necessary impetus to drive the transformation towards industrialization and accelerated socio-economic development of the country,” he said. she declared.
STU was started as Sunyani Technical Institute (SUTECH) in 1967 to provide college students with the opportunity to get hands-on training in handicraft programs.
These were carpentry and intermediate masonry and concrete joinery, electrical installation and automobile mechanics.
The institute was transformed into a polytechnic in 1997 and 19 years later (2016) it was converted into STU, with a new mandate to provide higher education and award its own degrees, diplomas and other certificates.
Courses include engineering, science and technology, TVET, and applied arts and related disciplines as per the Technical Universities Act 2016 (ACT 922 as amended).