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[August 02, 2014]
Let's be serious with vocational training [Ghana News Agency]
(Ghana News Agency Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) Takoradi, Aug 1, GNA – Mrs. Georgina Baaba Otoo, Headmistress of the Women's Training Institute under the Department of Community Development has urged the government and other stakeholders to invest more towards giving the youth vocational education.
Addressing the 14th graduation ceremony of the school, she said technical and vocational training must be given the due attention as the path to economic and self empowerment of the youth and national progress.
Mrs Otoo, who complained about the relative disregard for vocational training said the recent forcible eviction of the school from its 40-year old site was an example contempt for vocational training.
The school, she said, had its Information and Communication Technology laboratory and other valuable school property completely destroyed in the process.
"The Metropolitan Assembly forcibly ejected the entire institute, which has been in existence for the past forty years, without proper consultation," she complained.
"Now the institute has been relocated at the Anaji Old Brigade Camp with no facilities to augment teaching and learning.
Therefore, the school lacks workshops and demonstration rooms for courses such as catering, ICT, hairdressing and fashion and others.
She, therefore, appealed for assistance to be able to operate successfully. Mr Alfred Ekow Gyan, Deputy Western Regional Minister, whose speech was read on his behalf, said the government plans to modernize education and to extend ICT, Science, Technical and Vocational training at all levels of education.
He advised the students to take their learning seriously to enable them to acquire sustainable and employable skills for the world of work.
GNA // (c) 2014 Ghana News Agency (GNA) Provided by SyndiGate Media Inc. (Syndigate.info).
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