The Have Technical Institute in the Volta Region has been upgraded to increase its technical educational capacity to meet the needs of technical education in Ghana.
The project is part of phase two of an 8 million euros project for the general upgrading system of technical and vocational institutions in the country.
The Austrian Government funded project is to benefit other institutions such as Sacred Heart, in James Town Accra, St. Joseph's Technical Institute, Kwahu Tafo, and Kwadaso Methodist Technical Institute.
At an inauguration ceremony, the Deputy Minister of Education in charge of Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET), Mrs Gifty Twum Ampofo, urged authorities of TVET institutions to prioritise the education and training of their students since it provided them with the needed tools and skills to enhance their lives.
All institutes to be upgraded
The minister announced that the country, in collaboration with the Austrian Government, would improve the facilities and conditions of already existing technical and vocational institutes.
"We are refurbishing workshops and laboratories as well as building new ones. Containers loaded with equipment needed for technical work on the electronic workshops, bench fitting, welding and auto mechanic workshops have all arrived and ready to be used", she said.
"These are all efforts that government is doing to improve upon technical and vocational education," she added.
Training of Instructors
She said experts from Austria would offer training to the instructors on the technical knowhow of the equipment, servicing of machines and facilitate the training of students in the various sectors of TVET.
Mrs Twum Ampofo noted that the history of TVET in Ghana had for the past 25 years not been encouraging.
The need, she added, had led government to channel resources into the sector in order to better improve the country’s skilled labour force towards addressing Ghana’s unemployment situation.
The Consultant in charge of civil structural works, Engineer Nana Kobina Vroom, noted that storage spaces for the equipment needed to be provided.
Source: Daily Graphic
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