The Deputy Minister of Education in charge of Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) also the Member of Parliament for Abuakwa North Constituency in the Eastern Region of Ghana, Hon. Gifty Twum Ampofo, has revealed that TVET enrollment has increased since the commencement of the program in 2019.
The Deputy Minister said , the number of students who sat for the TVET exams in 2019 were 17,000, in 2021 were 24,000 and currently in 2022 , 29,000 are participating in the exams.
This according to her, is an indication that the advocacy for TVET education is gradually yielding positive results hence, a great boost to address the unemployment challenges in the country.
She however, urged the students to take their studies serious as their teachers take them through the training courses so that when the time for examination is due , they will not find themselves wanting.
Hon. Gifty Twum Ampofo made this known to the media during her visit to some TVET examination centres in Koforidua today 5th August, 2022.
The visit forms part of her Regional tour to TVET Schools in Ghana since the commencement of their exams to ensure the smooth run of this year’s exams.
Hon Gifty Twum-Ampofo further outlined that, government is committed to support all private institutions and mastercraft persons who position themselves well in a manner that will be attractive to government.
Rev. Mrs Edna Akofa Ametameh is the Headmistress of Liberty Vocational Specialist Institute, she also said, the introduction of free SHS contributed to the reduction of students enrollment in private vocational schools hence she is calling on government to bring on board more programs to support the private vocational institutions.
She explained that, most private vocational institutions lack equipment and practical items since most students are not able to purchase the equipment for themselves.
She therefore called on the youth to enroll and upgrade themselves in TVET education since it is the surest way to secure them jobs to reduce unemployment in the country.