Nov 13, 2017 at 12:00am ET By Joanna Hughes

In an effort to boost teaching quality in order to “drive the nation’s industrialization,” the government of Ghana recently announced its intent to prioritize support for the country’s technical universities and polytechnics, according to the Ghana News Agency as reported by Modern Ghana. Here’s a closer look at what to expect and why it matters.

The Role of Technology

While delivering remarks at the Kumasi Technical University’s (KTU) 12th congregation in Kumasi, Deputy Education Minister Dr. Yaw Osei Adutwum said, “We cannot underestimate the place of technical university and polytechnic training (“TVET”) in the country’s onward march towards prosperity.”

To that end, the government has pledged to ensure that these entities receive the support they need to help students graduate with the precise knowledge and skills necessary to meet the unique social and economic challenges facing the country. In exchange, he requested that these schools align their programs with these objectives.

Continued Adutwum, “Technical universities in Ghana, just like their counterparts anywhere, must take their rightful place in finding solutions to challenges.”

The Manpower Mandate

Just over 2,500 students  (1,542 men and 1,016 women) have received degrees and higher national diploma certifications in programs ranging from chemical engineering and creative arts and technology to computer science and interior architecture and furniture production from KTU.

According to Adutwum, these graduates will spur industrial growth in Ghana. “The ratio in the distribution formula of the labor force generally shows that the technical workforce with practical skills greatly outnumbers those with raw knowledge,” he said.

At the same time, KTU Professor and acting Vice Chair of the University cautioned against the brain drain, imploring the Ghanese government to review working conditions for faculty and staff in order to best support retention and quality teaching.

Read more about studying in Ghana.

 

 

Joanna worked in higher education administration for many years at a leading research institution before becoming a full-time freelance writer. She lives in the beautiful White Mountains region of New Hampshire with her family.

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