Ing Peter Antwi Boasiako, Deputy Director-General of TVET Commission

The government of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) has spent about GH¢10 billion in direct investment in the development of Technical, Vocational Education Training (TVET) in the country.

Ing Peter Antwi Boasiako, Deputy Director-General of the TVET Commission who disclosed this said the unprecedented financial investment by Akufo-Addo/Bawumia administration was to prop up skills training and development system in Ghana over the last seven years.

He stated these in a one-on-one interview with Kwaku Dawuro on ‘Movement In The Morning show’ on Movement Television in Accra.

Touting NPP’s milestone achievement on TVET, Ing. Antwi Boasiako noted that 23 state-of-the-art workshops and training centres have been established across the country.

He added that all the 10 Technical Universities have had their workshops upgraded to modern standards.

The Deputy Director-General indicated that other Technical Institutions have also benefited from the project with newest technology and equipment in their workshops.

He pointed out that enrollment to TVET institutions some years back was 24,000 but has now shot up to 60,000.

A TVET training centre

According to him, the country will soon clock 100,000 per year with the support of Dr Osei Yaw Adutwum as the Education Minister.

Ing Antwi Bosiako said the Voucher Project which is being run by the Commission for TVET (CTVET) has trained over 19,000 master craft persons and their apprentices across the country in the last seven years.

He added that over 120 Companies, enterprises and institutions have also been supported and benefited through the ongoing Ghana Skills Development Fund project under the Commission to help increase their productivity, introduced new technology and created more jobs for Ghanaians.

The Deputy Director-General stated that Act 1023 established Commission for TVET (CTVET) to regulate, administer and promote TVET across the country, at both Tertiary and Pre – tertiary levels.

“Act 1049 also established the Pre-Tertiary Education services which gave birth to the TVET Service and Ghana Education Service. They are to manage Pre – tertiary TVET Education and Grammar Secondary Schools respectively.

“TVET is life and ongoing, and everyone must get involved to get his or her skill and talent harnessed for personal enhancement and economic growth of the country,” he urged.

Ing Antwi Bosiako emphasised that TVET is a highly skilled development programme as it produces a ready market for jobs and products designed out of the sector unlike the various grammar schools.

He refuted the impression that skills training is a reserved of the weak-minded persons in society, and that it rather requires very intelligent and smart people.

“How can a lazy and dumb person open an engine, identify faults, fix them and get vehicles back on the road. The old narrative on TVET is changing. Let’s all embrace it,” the Deputy Director-General quizzed, urging Ghanaians to accept it as the new way of life.