Dr. Yaw Osei Adutwum, the Minister of Education, has stated unequivocally that the nation will rely on technical universities to forward its industrialisation goal and provide jobs for the people.
Dr. Adutwum stated that if deliberate efforts were made to place technical education at the forefront of the country’s educational system, unemployment might be dramatically decreased.
On this note, he has directed Technical Universities to hold an annual Technology Exposition (Tech-Expo) to showcase student and faculty inventions and encourage students to think about how technology may help create society.
“Only in this way can the government’s investments in technical education be justified and relevant to the country,” he continued.
This was mentioned by the Educational Minister in an address read on his behalf at the Takoradi Technical University’s 6th Congregation ceremony (TTU).
Six received a Master of Technology degree, 1,131 received a Bachelor of Technology degree, and 2,348 were awarded Higher National Diplomas.
He stated that the government, through the Ministry of Education and other relevant stakeholders, is committed to embracing such student Tech-expos and will ensure that the innovators and their innovations receive the necessary support to commercialize them for societal benefit.
He stated that the government will continue to provide unwavering support to TTU to meet the majority of its infrastructure and logistical requirements to carry out its purpose.
In anticipation of increased enrolment in tertiary institutions as a result of the Free SHS, he observed that the newly constructed Oduro Block, sponsored by GETFund for usage at TTU, was completed and handed over.
Dr. Ahmed Abdulai Jinapor, Deputy General of the Ghana Tertiary Education Commission (GTEC), has urged Technical Universities to be well-positioned to carry out a more aggressive employable agenda based on stronger industry alignment.
He explained that technical universities are designed to apply technology to various fields of teaching and learning.
TTU’s Vice Chancellor, Rev. Prof. John Frank Eshun, stated that the university is well-positioned to provide exceptional technical education and training, as well as creative applied research and consultancy services to its students and stakeholders for the growth of the country and beyond.
He told the grads to not wait for jobs to come to them, but to use their skills to generate ones for themselves.
Hon. Kwabena Okyere Darko-Mensah, the Western Regional Minister, stated that the present NPP government views quality education as a vital fulcrum through which the nation’s workforce base may be grown.
He went on to say that the government’s approach explains the current spate of initiatives in the education sector.