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18.12.2004 Education

NACVET calls industry's involvement in vocational education

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Accra, Dec 18, GNA - Mr James Kwadwo Glover, the Director of NACVET, on Saturday called on stakeholders to be actively involved in the planning and designing of appropriate syllabuses for vocational and technical training institutions.

He said continuous rejection of most vocational and technical trainees as a result of non-performance on the job was probably due to inappropriate syllabus for training ''that does not give the trainee the appropriate skill required by such industries and businesses.''

''I appeal to industries to come out with their requirements so that those areas will be incorporated into the syllabuses of training institutions.''

Mr Glover, who was addressing students of the Young Women Christian Association (YWCA) at their ninth graduation ceremony, said a policy framework to integrate the different types of technical and vocational education and training in both the formal and informal sector had been developed into one demand-driven system.

The policy, which is at cabinet level, aims at streamlining mechanisms of delivery, evaluation, assessment and certification and remove the constraints that had prevented the attainment of the highest levels of qualification, achievement and productivity in the technical and vocational educational sector.

Mr Glover urged the grandaunts to exhibit high sense professionalism, aim high in their career, and be truthful, faithful and transparent in their future dealings in their businesses to earn them much integrity and credibility.

Mr Kweku Ofori-Duro, Principal of the Secretarial School, said the school offers Vocational and Secretarial as well as computer training. He complained of lack of funding due to delay and non-payment of school fees to enable the school to accomplish most of its programmes. He appealed to government and other stakeholders to invest in the school to enable it produce high-level professionals to fill the nation's industries and businesses to ensure national development. Ms Shirley Tinkorang, SRC President, appealed to management of the school and other donors to expand and rehabilitate the school's infrastructure that is under pressure as a result of the large numbers of student intake.

She also appealed to the board of the school to review the dressing code of the school, to affect some level of decency.

"Some of our dressing are often an embarrassment to the school and we need to improve upon them for the sake of good name." 18 Dec 04

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