“Encourage Your Wards To Accept TVET Education”- GES Boss To Parents.

GES Boss, Professor Kwasi Opoku Amankwa. (Picture: Atinkaonline)

The Director General of Ghana Education Service (GES), Professor Kwasi Opoku Amankwa, has urged parents in the country to encourage their wards in the Junior High Schools (JHSs) to consider Technical, Vocational Education and Training (TVET) schools when selecting their preferred schools for their second cycle; thus, Senior High School (SHS) Education.

TVET institutions in the educational system of the country over the years have suffered image crisis over a public perception of being attractive to only underperforming and academically weak students.

Arguably, TVET institutions in the country are not attractive to students due to outdated machineries, fragmented TVET landscapes, outdated curriculum, poor standard, duplication of roles amongst agencies and poor investment.

Speaking on Accra-based radio station, Atinka FM, on the AM Drive with the host, Ekourba Gyasi, Professor Kwasi Opoku Amankwa stated TVET education is key to the industrialization agenda of the country as it provides the manpower for practical skills necessary for its industrial drive.

Professor Amankwa also stated that TVET education will also help in championing the One District One Factory (1D1F) initiative by the NPP government.

He said, “ When you ask parents the profession they would want their kids to venture into, they give examples like engineering, forgetting that it falls under the TVET. It’s high time parents encouraged their wards to accept TVET education. Most of the courses these students read at tertiary institutions especially KNUST are TVET related.”

He continued that the GES has made it mandatory for students to select a school in the TVET category in addition to the Senior High Schools.

Asked whether or not a student who selects a TVET school during the school selection process will be automatically placed there, Professor Amankwa expained that it would depend on the programme and the schools selected by the student.

Source: Atinkaonline.com

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