The Parliament of the Republic of Ghana is set to consider the passage of two awaiting Bills namely Pre-Tertiary Education Bill and the Ghana National Research Fund Bill these last five days in Parliament.
The Pre-Tertiary Bill attempts to decentralize basic education by fusing the management of basic education/DEOs under District Assemblies (DA) while transferring management and operational functions to the Central Administrative Department of DA, leaving DEOs to concentrate on the core business of teaching and learning.
This is aimed at strengthening participation, accountability and efficiency. If this Bill is passed, teachers will be recruited at the district level.
The second part of the Bill brings over 100 Public Technical and Vocational Institutions (TVIs) currently scattered under 9 ministries under the management and coordination of a Ghana TVET Service.
The Service shall operate similar to the GES with a Council, National and Regional Directors. Its Director-General will report to the Council and the Minister of Education.
This means NVTI, OICG, ICCESS, the various Farm Institutes, HOTCATT, NYA Leadership Institutes and even GES TVIs will all come under one Ministry and one Manager.
This will end the current regime where TVIs operate under different regulations with different accountability channels causing poor coordination and regulation. This will also ensure free TVET currently under only MoE Schools extends to all Public TVIs.