Jul 16, 2012 at 9:58am
Stakeholders express worry to KNUST focus on Arts shift
Stakeholders in the Education Sector have expressed worry that the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, KNUST is shifting its focus of providing technical training to the Arts and Humanity.
According to panelists on GTV's Current Affairs Programme, Talking Point, KNUST was established to provide up to 90 percent space for Technical Training, Science and Technology.
However, the current percentage for technical training and other courses are equal now.
The programme discussed the importance of technical and vocational training to national development.
The President of Ghana Telecom University, Dr.
Osei Darkwah, said the current educational structure places more emphasis on secondary education and relegates technical education to the background.
He called for a change in the educational curriculum and courses such that technical and vocational education is prioritised.
Osei Darkwah also advocated a shift in the focus of technical and vocational training such that more attention is paid to contemporary training and not just dressmaking and carpentry.
For his part, the Executive Director of the Council for Technical and Vocational Education, Dr.
Barfour Awuah, said providing technical and vocational education is more expensive as compared with secondary education.
He said it is up to stakeholders to come up with innovative ideas to support Technical and Vocational Training.
Barfour Awuah said recently his outfit met with the Parliamentary Select Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs to fast track the National TVET Constitution Framework which will make technical and vocational education more attractive.
A Research Officer at the Ministry of Environment, Science and Technology, Adelaide Asante said the ministry has instituted the Skills Development Fund to provide support to industries and organisations who provide skills training.
She encouraged interested persons to apply so that they benefit from the fund.