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15.07.2004 Regional News

Train more technical staff - Koom

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Accra, July 15, GNA - The Training and Development Division of the Office of the Head of Civil Service was on Thursday urged to put a consistent and relevant syllabus for the training of staff, especially technicians The appeal was made when 28 technicians drawn from various

government establishments completed a 20-week in-service training course for those in the Junior Technical Supervisory Management Grade at the Institute of Technical Supervision on Thursday at Weija, Accra. Mr Okansey Cromwell Koom, Former Principal of the Institute of Technical Supervision and a retired Civil Servant, addressing the passing out ceremony said the training and development of personnel within the technical and vocational class in this country needed to be polished and upgraded.

Mr Koom said training of workers generally in most cases was faulty because no proper assessments were made as to the needs of the institution or the worker, adding, "workers are, therefore, sent on courses, which invariably do not assist them in anyway".

He said teaching techniques must be upgraded and course programmes modified to suit the training needs of organizations. "Steps must be taken to establish the equivalency of the certificate, he said.

He urged the participants to apply whatever they learnt at the school in their work saying "we expect you to go back to your stations and give better leadership to your subordinates and colleagues who are yet to receive the training you have had".

Mr Samuel Anthony, Principal of the Institute of Technical Supervision, called for the training policy of the country to be enforced by ensuring that public organizations trained their personnel at recognized institutions.

He urged the Government to make sure that the image and standard of the Institute was raised.

Mr James Obeng, Course Prefect, said the participants rendered support services to the school by providing mosquitoes trap doors and providing two white boards at the cost of 1.3 million cedis. He suggested that the school should be rehabilitated and urged the school to take more participants since the school was big to accommodate 80 students at each course. Mr Obeng also asked that the course be run twice a year to keep the place busy and save it from being under utilized. 15 July, 04

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