President: The government has secured 12.8 million euros to modernise TVET.

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According to President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, the government has received 12.8 million euros from Austria to upgrade 10 Technical and Vocational Education Training (TVET) schools in Ghana.

Bono Regional Minister, Justina Owusu-Banahene

In order to strengthen the TVET sector, Planet One of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has also invested an estimated 392 million Euros in NVTI infrastructure development.

At a spectacular durbar in Sunyani on Saturday that served as the culmination of the 55th Anniversary celebration of the Sunyani Technical University, President Akufo-Addo made this statement in a speech that was delivered on his behalf by Mr. Michael Okyere Baafi, the Deputy Minister of Trade and Industry.

“STU, 55 Years of Progress and Achievement in TVET Education: Mobilizing Excellence for Leadership in Ghana’s Industrialization Agenda” was the conference’s subject.

Due to TVET’s significance to the country’s socioeconomic development, the government had since 2007 established a solid foundation for it, he said.

One of the primary initiatives the government has undertaken to advance skill training in the nation is the renovation and modernization of laboratories and workshops in technical universities and institutes.

Ghana and its Chinese partners worked together on the project, which had an estimated cost of US$199 million, through the AVIC International Holding Corporation of China.

This was done to give 13 technical institutes and 10 technical universities cutting-edge equipment to improve skill-training at these institutions.

Vice-Chancellor of the STU, Professor Kwadwo Adinkrah-Appiah, voiced alarm over the poor state of the university’s access roads and urged the government to pave the four-kilometer campus road in addition to the one-kilometer Waterloo segment, which was still unpaved.

In order to protect students from being frequently run over by cars, he pleaded for the building of a pedestrian footbridge spanning the Sunyani-Kumasi Highway in front of the university.

Prof. Adinkrah-Appiah thanked President Akufo-Addo for the assistance provided through the Ghana Education Trust Fund (GETFUND) to construct the Science Park Project’s basement, but regretted the yearly budget allotted for the university’s sole GETFUND project, claiming it was grossly insufficient.

The Bono Regional Minister, Madam Justina Owusu-Banahene, declared that technical education remained essential to the country’s industrialization programme, which aimed to shift the economic structure from primary to secondary.

The New Patriotic Party-led government is doing everything it can to provide technical education the boost it needs to propel the country’s industrialisation and rapid socioeconomic development, she added.

As the Sunyani Technical Institute (SUTECH), the STU was founded in 1967 to give Middle School graduates the chance to get practical training in craft programmes.

These included intermediate carpentry and joinery, electrical installation, and automobile mechanics. They also included intermediate block laying and concreting.

In 1997, the institute was transformed into a polytechnic, and 19 years later, in 2016, it became the STU with a new mission to offer higher education and grant its own diplomas, degrees, and other credentials.

The Technical Universities Act of 2016 stipulates that the courses must cover applied arts, science, and technology as well as TVET (ACT 922 as amended).

President: The government has secured 12.8 million euros to modernise TVET.
President: The government has secured 12.8 million euros to modernise TVET.

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