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E/R: The Eastern Regional Minister Admonishes Stakeholders to Partner Government To Uplift Technical Education

The Eastern Regional Minister, Seth Kwame Acheampong has urged stakeholders in Technical Universities including Lecturers, Researchers, staff, students, professional bodies, and industries to partner government to uplift technical education for sustainable national development.

He said, Technical Education plays a critical role in human resource development which leads to the creation of skilled manpower, enhances industrial productivity and improves the quality of life, emphasizing that no country could industrialize its economy except through its educated citizens who are well equipped to meet the challenge.

Hon. Acheampong made said this when he addressed students at Koforidua Technical University during the official launch of the Faculty of BuiIt and Natural Environment at Koforidua.

Speaking on the theme; “making Technical Education Relevant to the Built and Natural Environment” Mr Acheampong, a strong advocate for technical education encouraged the new  Faculty of the university; Built and Natural Environment to incorporate programmes that were exclusive to the faculty that would make it unique and stand tall among other faculties in the universities.

He encouraged the students not to be intimidated by traditional universities but to remain focused on their chosen field of study believing that it would lead to ready employment and transform the country’s economy.

He reaffirmed the government’s belief that Technical Vocational Education Training( TVET) was key to the country’s industrialisation agenda as it provides the manpower for practical skills necessary for its industrial drive, by ensuring effective regulation, coordination, standardisation and quality of instruction.

He said the government was committed to establishing at least two state-of-the-art TVET Centres in each region which would serve as the headquarters of technical and vocational training – fully equipped with state-of-the-art machines and training tools for all levels.

The Vice Chancellor of the university, Professor David Kofi Essemang in an interview with the media stressed the importance of TVET in adding value to the country’s natural resources. This, he added, would facilitate the achievement of the government’s Ghana Beyond Aid agenda.

Prof. Essumang indicated that times have changed when people were made to believe that technical education was second to other disciplines. He, therefore, urged all the stakeholders to come out and advocate for change to the erroneous perception being created in the public space.

Source: Nyarko Abronoma

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