Ghana TVET Voucher Project (GTVP), Eastern Region, was launched at Koforidua Technical University on Friday 10th May 2019.
Among the dignitaries to grace the occasion were the Deputy Minister for Education (TVET) Hon. Gifty Twum-Ampofo, the Executive Director of COTVET, Dr. Fred Kyei Asamoah and the Vice Chancellor of the University Prof. Mrs. Smile Dzisi Gavua.
Twum Ampofo indicated that, trends in the global labour market indicate that,
persons with skills or vocation are on high demand but much attention was not
given to TVET in the time past and has resulted in Ghana importing craftsmen
from other countries to serve the country’s needs at a high forex exchange cost
so the need to adopt major reforms to turn the table around for socio-economic
development of Ghana. She therefore urged all TVET students, master
craft-persons and their apprentices to take advantage of the GTVP to build
their capacity for national development.
She further stated that, Parliament has approved a loan of €127m to be used to train teachers on modern technology and modern courses and to build modern infrastructure with state of the arts laboratory and equipment to improve TVET in Ghana.
The Executive Director of the Council for Technical Vocational Education and Training (COTVET), Dr. Fred Kyei Asamoah, On his part said, it is the vision of the President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, to achieve the Ghana Beyond Aid Agenda, therefore, TVET as the component of that agenda, remains high among the priority lists of the President.
According to him, as of March 2019, 5,000 people have benefited from the Ghana TVET Voucher Project with 454 out of the number completing fully the MP1 Level.
He said, skills are a major component of the Ghana Beyond Aid Agenda and therefore the country will continue to sustain the progress with the implementation of the Ghana TVET Voucher Project by learning from Malaysia which now export equipment and or machinery to Germany.