Parents especially those from the Northern part of Ghana who starts sowing of crops and harvesting just about the same time that their wards go to school now have their burden of coughing out instant school fees reduced.
This according to Hon.Amidu Chinnia who stated this in Tumu that a ” few years back payment of school fees delayed students from reporting to school early but that has all changed.”
Speaking as the guest of honour ,the deputy upper west regional minister Hon.Amidu Chinnia said the Akuffo Addo government has shown commitment towards technical and vocational education with cabinets approval to mainstream all private and public technical institutions into one ministry with a deputy minister to oversee that.
This he says would help government deal with the challenges in the sector by streamlining their activities”
“The last time I was in Tumu Secondary Technical school, my former school, I asked about the report status and almost all the first and second years had reported when school reopened”,It wasn’t like that as all students had reported,the burden of paying One thousand Eight hundred or two thousand Ghana is no longer the situation faced by the Parents.
This is the second year of the free Senior High school and no Northern school has send students home for lack of food or feeding grants because government is providing food”..
He debunked claims that quality of food at the Secondary schools had reduced.
He said this monday November 19th when SILDEP and PlanGhana organized a seminar themed ‘TVET Drives Ghana beyond Aid’ under the Girls Advocacy Project with sponsor from the Dutch Foreign Embassy at the St Clares Vocational Institute in Tumu.
Hon. Chinnia announced that government is interested in the success of TVET and would therefore build 20 state of the Art TVET centers ,two in every region to produce highly qualified graduates.
In addition, ten of the upgraded technical universities would be properly equipped.He argued the 1D1F he noted is targeted at the private sector as the government wants Technical Vocational education to take advantage of and called on Ghanaians to look at the President calls to industrialization as a non partisan one.
The Asia tigers he remarked ‘are successful because they have been trained with skills due to their Technical curriculum and blamed our inability to employ and control our currency due to unbridled importation of most of our needs and urged us all to change from an import led economy to a TVET base curriculum as the government intends an audit of school curriculum from Kindergarten, Primary to JHS to lay emphasis on numeracy, literacy, science and ICT.
Muftau Fasasi, Titi Amidu both tutors of Tumu Senior High Tech School who were resource persons took the over hundred participants through branding,packaging, labeling and other aspects of marketing as well as career path in the Technical Vocational education.
The MCE,Hon Karim Nanyua said he wanted to talk about the sustainability of the TVET and said” what is taught is not put to practice blaming it on what he describes as Stigma associated with products of TVET but encouraged them that they were on the right cause.Hon.Nanyua recalling a book he read titled Rich Dad/Poor Dad says the book taught him three quadrants of life i.e :employee,employer and an entrepreneur and urged students of the the TVET fraternity to pursue their dreams as they stand to employ all of us.
Educational officials,National Youth Authority,TUDRIDEP,ASUDEV including chiefs,business owners all shared experiences on Technical and Vocational education .Mr Godfred Baveru Kanton advised parents against making Technical Vocational education appear to children as education for the feeble minds.
Authorities of St Clares called on government to complete Getfund projects that have stalled.
Kuoro Bamula Basinjia who chaired the fair appealed for the establishment of a Technical and Vocational Schools in the Sissala area as St Clares was not enough for the youth.
By: Radford FM