National Vocational Training Institute (NVTI) has called on the government to pay much attention on vocational institutions in the country as their roles are extremely belittled by many.
Head of Monitory and Evaluation for NVTI, Engineer Christian Agordah in an interview with Starr FM’s Francis Abban on Morning Starr explained that, there is more focused on schools that lead to the White-Collar-Jobs rather than the vocational institutions.
He also added that, there is a perception that, people who are not academically endowed engage in vocational works. He argued that, people who engage in these works are paid better.
According to him, the government should push more money in vocational education to help train people in the country to produce skilled personnel that will help manufacture and produce a lot of things we export from other countries.
“Vocational Training is very good and it is important that the government pays more attention to it. So many things are exported from other countries but we can equally do same if we have the support. The chairs at the parliament house could have been done by our own people, the clothes our officials wear can be done by skilled people in this country, the shoes, almost everything, which could save us a lot of money. A mason, like we call them, takes not less than 80 Ghana cedis a day, supposing he works for 20 days, that’s 1,600 Ghana cedis which is relatively more than the salary of some white collar jobs. In the foreign countries, vocational institutions have the most attention because they’re the core people when it comes to development.” He said.
Mr. Agordah however commended the government for not excluding vocational institutions from the free education project and also pleaded vocational courses should be part of junior high school courses as it used to.
The NVIT is set to hold an Educational Lecture at the NVTI Head Office on 18th July, 2018 which will seek to drive home the importance of vocational training. The special guest for this ceremony will be the President of the Republic of Ghana, Nana Akufo-Addo.