Gifty Twum Ampofo, the Deputy Minister of Education overseeing Technical, Vocational Education, and Training (TVET), is encouraging academically adept students who recently completed the Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) not to overlook the option of selecting TVET institutions for their further studies.
The current batch of BECE candidates for the year 2023 is currently in the process of choosing their preferred schools, a procedure that commenced on August 23 and is scheduled to conclude on September 4, as outlined in a statement by the Ghana Education Service.
During her interaction with journalists on the sidelines of the Association of Technical Universities and Polytechnics in Africa conference, the Deputy Minister emphasized that the time has passed when TVET institutions were perceived as destinations for students deemed academically less accomplished.
She expounded on the topic, pointing out that contemporary educational equipment, when not handled by individuals with the proper training, can pose risks.
“I am confident in stating that Ghana is making significant strides in the realm of TVET. Therefore, we seek the assistance of the media to advocate for those bright and dedicated students who are currently selecting their second-cycle school programs, encouraging them to consider TVET disciplines. We have moved beyond the days when TVET was seen as the path for those who were not serious about academics. No longer. Given the sophisticated machinery we employ, a lack of seriousness could lead to unfortunate accidents caused by the equipment.”
She emphasized the quality of education provided at technical universities by comparing them favorably to traditional universities.
“Upon visiting both a technical university and a traditional university, the appeal of a technical university becomes evident due to its state-of-the-art facilities and well-structured setup,” the Deputy Minister of Education overseeing TVET affirmed.
The instructional video detailing the school selection guidelines was shown within schools from August 21 to August 25, 2023.
The process of school selection, which was initiated on August 23, is set to conclude on September 4, 2023. This selection process spans across regional, district education directorates, and individual schools.