According to former Education Minister, the main opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) has what it takes in the implementation of technical education in the country than the ruling New Patriotic Party.
The Vice Presidential candidate of the NDC speaking in an interview with the Kumasi-based Abusua 96.5 FM noted the conversion of Polytechnics into Technical Universities under her tenure in office as the country’s Education Minister was part of a larger industrialization plan for Ghana.
According to Professor Jane Naana Opoku Agyemang, the NDC government made a thorough research and audit of the technical education infrastructure before rolling out the Technical University Program.
“We did a good technical audit of the schools, conducted a capacity audit of its staff and assessed a resource audit before sending it to parliament. It was not just drafted and sent to have assented,” She told host Kojo Marfo.
The NDC running mate furthered that the bigger plan was to ensure that persons with technical skills studied their technical courses from the basic through to high school to the tertiary level to be able to attract jobs in high earn businesses.
“It breaks my heart that when industries set up their factories, oil rakes et-cetera in Ghana, they had to go out to bring carpenters and welders from outside Ghana because our welders and carpenters did not have advanced knowledge in the very technical aspects of their work,” she stated.
She said the country was fashioning itself to model the German system where technical skills contributed to the growth of the countries economy.
“If you go to Germany, the mainstay of their economy is their technical skill. Importing tables will just employ persons transporting it but manufacturing it will involve a whole chain of processes that will employ several others.”, she said as quoted by Kasapa News.
The Professor indicated her party will continue its technical education program which saw an upgrade of some 13-second cycle technical schools; build the capacities of technical education teachers, equip technical labs and provide all the resources that the technical schools will need.