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10.04.2006 Regional News

Deputy Minister inspects technical institutions


Nkoranza (B/A), April 10, GNA - Mr. Kwame Amporfo-Twumasi, Deputy Minister of Education and Sports has led a delegation from the Technical and Vocational Unit of the Ministry to inspect and assess existing facilities as well as the curriculum and teaching methods of the Vocational/Technical (VOTECH) Unit of the Nkoranza Secondary/Technical School in Brong-Ahafo.

The delegation included Mr. Asamoah Duodu, Director of Technical Education, Mr. James Kwadwo Glover, Director of National Council for Vocational and Technical Education (NACVET) and some officials of SAMSUNG Electronics in Ghana.

The main workshops at the school included building and construction, electronics, metal works, wood works and auto mechanics. Mr. Amporfo-Twumasi, also MP for Nkoranza South, told Ghana News Agency the Ministry was concerned with the development of science and technical education to enhance the President's vision of human resource development and skill acquisition among the youth.

He explained that the tour was to inform the Ministry about their findings and to recommend for the expansion and upgrading of outstanding VOTECH centres and to boost technical and vocational education.

Mr. Amporfo-Twumasi announced that the Government was interacting with experts in Technical Vocational education as well as soliciting funds from donor countries towards the realization of its vision of promoting technical education.

The components under the technical education comprise agriculture, vocational, science and information communication technology (ICT). The Deputy Minister's delegation would visit technical institutions at Akwatia, Cape Coast, Bolgatanga, Wa, Have, Tema and the Accra Teachers Technical College (ATTC).

The Nkoranza District Chief Executive (DCE), Mr. James Kwabena Appiah-Awuah, as well as the district director of education, Mr. Kwabena Agyemang-Badu and the headmaster, Mr. Joseph Kwaku Adjei, jointly conducted the delegation round the facilities at the VOTECH unit of the Nkoranza Sec/Tech.

Mr. Adjei thanked the delegation for the visit and paid special tribute to the Omanhene of Nkoranza traditional area, Okatakyie Agyemang Kudom IV and his elders for releasing land towards the expansion of the School.