Mr Samuel Kweku Obodai, Deputy Central Regional Minister, has stated that, government is committed to assisting tertiary institutions to train more vocational and technical teachers to promote the country's industrialisation. He said one of the aims of the new educational reform was to assist create ready job market for Junior and Senior High School leavers.
Mr Obodai, who is also the MP for Agona West, was speaking at the inauguration of the Duakwa Vocational Technology Institute, at Agona Duakwa.
The Deputy Minister said the government was doing everything possible to help private institutions to train more students to acquire skills that would make them self-reliant to reduce unemployment and poverty among the youth.
He called on parents in the Agona District to take advantage of the technology Institute by ensuring that their children benefit from it to acquire trades and improve their skills. Mr Kojo Yankah, Director of the Institute said the schools aims at offering skill training to the youth in the area.
Mr Yankah said the vision of the Institute is to produce young men and women who can apply their acquired skills to earn a decent living for themselves and their families would be maintained. It would also contribute towards the reduction of poverty in the region and help in the attainment of the millennium Development Goal, he said.
Mr Yankah said the institute would start programmes in dressing making, tailoring, electricals, ICT, agriculture, batik tie and dye and glasscutter rearing in January 2008. He said six acres of land has been acquired for the future expansion projects and that preparations are far advanced to build a hostel for the JSS and SSS students in the area.
Among those present at the function, were Mr Ben Mensah, Agona District Chief Executive and Nana Kojo Amoakwa, Agona Duakwahene and Krontihene of Agona Nyakrom Traditional Area.