A Social Welfare expert and Principal of the National Vocational Training Institute of the Junior Boys Correctional Centre at Agona Swedru in the Central Region, Mr. Banard B. Bananzi has called for equal attention for Technical and Vocational education as given to Senior High Schools if the country wants to promote accessible second cycle education to all its citizenry.
According to him, technical and vocational education remains the best option that offers students skilled training that prepares them ready for the job market.
He expressed regrets how successive leaders have advocated for the provision of technical and vocational education, yet have failed to live up to their promises as they have done little or nothing to revamp it.
According to the Principal, majority of technical and vocational institutions in the country lack infrastructure such as classrooms, lecture halls and hostel facilities.
As if to add insults to injury, Mr. Banazi further hinted most of these institutions also lack basic tools and materials to aid teaching and learning and as such students have to purchase their own tools and materials to work with, a situation he noted add to the burden of parents whose wards are in these schools.
He condemned the notion held by some, including the government that is a preserve of less endowed students, at a time that technical knowledge is now ruling the world.
He therefore questioned how many technical schools are been constructed as part of the government’s promise of constructing two hundred new Community Day Secondary Schools all over the country, describing it as a failure and lip-service to the promotion of technical and vocational education in the country.
By: Robert Ayanful-Ag. Swedru