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President Akufo-Addo Affirms Commitment to Transform TVET

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President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has reaffirmed the government’s unwavering commitment to enhancing the nation’s technical and vocational education and training (TVET) sector, recognizing its potential to drive socio-economic transformation and hasten national progress.

He emphasized that recent years have positioned TVET to effectively respond to the evolving demands of the workforce.

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These advancements encompass curriculum revisions, the provision of state-of-the-art infrastructure, fostering stronger ties with industries, ensuring quality standards, and reshaping public perceptions regarding TVET.

Through these strategic policy initiatives, the longstanding challenges confronting TVET are steadily receding into history, with a renewed focus on emerging technologies, current industry standards, and market requirements, the President noted.

This declaration was made in a speech delivered on his behalf by the Minister of Employment and Labour Relations, Ignatius Baffour Awuah, during the centennial celebration of the Mampong Technical College of Education (MAMTECH) in Mampong, Ashanti Region, last Saturday.

The event was held under the theme: “The Role of Technical and Vocational Education and Training in the National Development Agenda.”

Present at the celebration were the Chief of Mampong, Daasebre Osei Bonsu, the Member of Parliament (MP) for Mampong, Kwaku Ampratwum Sarpong, and several alumni of the college.

President Akufo-Addo cited international examples, such as Germany, Singapore, and the Asian Tigers, to illustrate how TVET equips trainees with practical, hands-on skills, enabling them to establish their own businesses and generate employment opportunities for job seekers.

Doris Boakye Ansah, the school’s principal, expressed her amazement and satisfaction at the college’s century-long commitment to producing exceptional teachers.

She noted that a hundred years of nurturing exceptional talents and graduates who make substantial contributions to Ghana’s development and the world at large is a remarkable achievement.

However, Mrs. Ansah also highlighted some of the college’s challenges, reminding President Akufo-Addo of his promise, made during the 83rd birthday celebration of Nana Mamponghene, to construct a state-of-the-art auditorium for the college.

Additionally, she emphasized the need for financial clearance to hire critical staff and the ongoing issue of inadequate housing for teachers. In honor of their centenary anniversary, the college has plans to construct a 3,500-seat auditorium and is appealing for support from alumni, generous individuals, and organizations to make this vision a reality.

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