The government as part of efforts to redefine, improve and promote Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) in the country has introduced a new school uniform for students in public Technical and Vocational institutions.
A staff of the Ghana TVET Service speaking to AcademicWeek on the development said the new school uniforms are yet to be distributed to all government-accredited Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) students.
The TVET Service official said the new uniform form part of the Akufo-Addo-led government effort to promote and make Technical and Vocational Education and Training attractive to Ghanaians, particularly prospective students.
In other news, the Minister for Education, Dr Yaw Osei Adutwum after the government included TVET in the Free SHS program has said about 1.39 million are students expected to benefit from Free SHS/TVET) in the 2022 academic year.
In an interview with Kumasi-based Nhyira FM monitored by AcademicWeek, Yaw said the inclusion of TVET in the Free SHS program forms part of the government effort to ensure more students become beneficiaries of the flagship policy.
“A total of 1.39 million students are expected to benefit from the Free Senior High School and Technical Vocational and Education Training (Free SHS/TVET) in the 2022 academic year when the school placements are out,” Osei Yaw noted.
He told the Akan radio station President Nana Akufo-Addo’s government has built more infrastructures in some Technical Schools to promote Technical and Vocational Education adding that the 2022 budget will add more.
Deputy Education Minister, Gifty Twum-Ampofo following the TVET inclusion to Free Senior High School has also said TVET students effective 2022 will sit for examination conducted by the West African Examinations Council (WAEC).
The Minister in charge of TVET in the 2021 academic year said the move is to enable Technical Vocational and Education Training (TVET) students who might wish to enrol for regular programmes at the tertiary level to do so.
Mrs Gifty Twum-Ampofo said the WAEC examination slated next year for the Technical and Vocational students will also reduce cases of them struggling to get admission to various tertiary institutions apart from technical universities.
She said the Akufo-Addo government was positioning TVET education as a project focus by improving the quality of training through a more demand-driven direction that would upgrade the skill set of both students and teachers.
“The importance of academic qualifications, together with the growth of university enrolment has made it very difficult for TVET students to enrol into regular university programmes, but we are willing to reverse it,” she stated.