Technical, vocational institutions must reform or perish – Sebastian Deh

The Executive Director of the Council for Technical and Vocational Education and Training (COTVET), Mr. Sebastian Deh has challenged administrators of technical and vocational training institutions in the country to embrace the reforms currently being implemented in the Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) sector.

According to Mr. Deh, the objective of the reforms is to ensure that training institutions offer programmes that are of relevance to industry and the socio-economic development of the country.

‘We will not force anyone to implement the reforms but the fact is that the bus is moving, and you better join it or be left behind’ he said.

He noted that a key part of the reforms is the introduction of the Competency Based Training (CBT) which must be implemented by training institutions if they are to remain relevant.

CBT as a mode of training emphasises close collaboration between training institutions and industry in curriculum development as well as an emphasis on hands-on practical training, he added.

Mr. Deh was speaking at a one-day workshop in Kumasi, organised by COTVET under the Development of Skills for Industry Project (DSIP).

The workshop was held to sensitise stakeholders on the roll-out of the COTVET Role Model Programme, and was attended by Principals of training institutions, Polytechnic Rectors, policymakers and some students.

The Technical Assistant of DSIP Ms Gertrude Addo said that role models have been engaged by COTVET to interact with the youth and encourage them to engage in technical and vocational professions.

The Development of Skills for Industry Project (DSIP) under the COTVET has a focus of increasing female participation and enrolment in TVET through concepts such as the Role Model Programme.

The project is funded with a financial support of $125 million from the African Development Bank (AfDB) and a Government of Ghana contribution of $11.5 million.

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