Government has been called to stop giving allowances to both nurses and teacher trainees and invest such funds in Technical and Vocational Education Training (TVET).
Professor Stephen Adei, Former Rector of the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA), said “it is time to put the required emphasis on TVET because of its critical role in national development. By technical and vocational education and training we are talking about aspects of learning directed towards the acquisition of knowledge, competences and know-how to undertake trades and occupations that require practical and applied skills as well as applied scientific knowledge as opposed to general arts or even basic science education”.
Professor Adei was speaking at the First Convocation Lecture organised by the Takoradi Technical University.
The event was held under the theme: “Enhancing the Development of Ghana through Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET): the role of Technical Universities”.
Professor Adei said it is time government invests and funds the cost of technical and vocational education which was more expensive than classical education and training.
He said there is the need for government to take the bold decision to say that the marketer, lawyer, accountant, historian, in fact all the arts and humanities, must fund their own tertiary education.
In this vein, Professor Adei said, we would release all the money for expansion of quality TVET and at the higher level, produce the professionals – doctors, engineers, technologist etc,- needed for our development.
He said technical and vocational education and training aims to help learners to acquire practical and applied skills which are career focused, hands-on and skilled based for self-employment and the development of skilled labour force for the productive sectors of the economy.
Professor Adei urged technical universities to undertake research especially on applied research to find solutions to industry and national problems.