Government investment in TVET likely to boost socio-economic development

Trade Minister, Alan Kyerematen

Trade Minister Alan Kyerematen said the government’s new education policy emphasizing science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) at secondary level is commendable.

Equally commendable, he added, are the government’s direction and investments in the Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) sector, aimed at investing in national socio-economic development.

Mr Kyeremateng was speaking at the 112th Founder’s Day and Speech and Awards Day at Adisadel College on Saturday, March 12.

He said, “The occasion undoubtedly brought back strong feelings of nostalgia. As one of many proud sons of this great college, I remembered that in 1965, at the age of nine, my classmates and I, (a mix of beady and macho boys), y including President Blay, entered school as young, wide-eyed, expectant youngsters in the formative stages of our lives, feeling very on top of the world, having been admitted to the very famous Adisadel College.

“In the past, education, with its focus on numeracy and literacy, had its place in our national development. It has produced men and women in various fields of endeavour, which has helped to carry our country forward so far. The great minds we have on the podium, including those of you sitting in this room and in the country at large, and the many great minds who have risen to glory, testify to this.

“While numeracy and literacy are still essential to our daily existence, it is undeniable that as a people, eager to reach the heights of development and economic progress, we need an urgent change of direction. , if we want to be counted among the developed nations of the world.

“We urgently need to adapt learning approaches that will equip our burgeoning youth population with the knowledge and skills in cutting-edge technologies in industry, ICT, engineering and science.

“This is where the world is heading, and this is what will help our young people become more employable and compete on equal footing with their colleagues in the advanced world. It is for this reason that the government’s new education policy emphasizing Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) at the secondary level is commendable.

“Equally commendable are the government’s focus and investments in the Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) sector, aimed at investing in national socio-economic development.

TVET holds the key to unlocking the abundant expertise of the mid-level workforce crucial for technological advancement, rapid industrialization, wealth creation and poverty reduction. At the ceremony were senior government officials, captains of industry and great citizens produced by the school.