We can’t industrialise with grammar – Senior Minister hints at educational reforms

Senior Minister Yaw Osafo Mafo hints that the reforms will favour TVET

The Ghana Education Service (GES) will soon have a director general for Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET), the Senior Minister has hinted.

Yaw Osafo Mafo announced that this will be part of the new structure at the Service.

The former Minister of Education and Sports gave this hint on Saturday, when he delivered a speech at the 60th Speech and Prize Giving Day of St Paul Technical School in Kukurantumi in the Eastern Region.

He contended that a clear absence of a technical concept within the country’s education directorate has been costly to the nation.

“The clear absence of technical concept within the educational administration cost the nation a lot,” he said.

“There hasn’t been emphasis [TVET] over the years. It’s been only on the grammarian.”

He believes the structural adjustment would help government find adequate funding and resources  for all the 28 technical and vocational schools in the country.

“Let us know the cost of it so government can find money to support it rightly.”

He said if the country wants to industrialise, then there is the need for a skilled force.

“We don’t have that level manpower skills in this country. We cannot talk about industrialization if we lack these hands on skill.

“We want to industrialise [and] we can’t do so with French and English.”

He hinted further that a five-member committee made up of ministers is working on the new structure, which would be completed soon.

By Yvonne Neequaye||Ghana

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