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Using celebrities, entrepreneurs to promote TVET a lazy approach – Dr. Apaak

Deputy ranking member on the Education Committee of Parliament Dr. Clement Apaak has described an approach by the government to use celebrities to promote Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) as a lazy one.As part of efforts to promote Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) in Ghana and to make it more attractive to the Ghanaian youth and the general public, the Ministry of Education (MOE) through the Council for Technical and Vocational Education and Training (COTVET) has engaged a number of Ghanaian celebrities and entrepreneurs as TVET Ambassadors who will use their influence in society to help promote TVET and make it more attractive to the youth.

The Ambassadors will be engaged in activities such as school visitations, social media campaigns, community visitations and radio and television talk shows. They would also be engaged in creating awareness about policies and programs being rolled out by COTVET and the Ministry of Education with regards to TVET.

He disclosed the NDC left a roadmap towards enhancing TVET education but the current administration has abandoned it.

He is also demanding answers on the source of funding for the work the celebrities will do.

“I am certain that the lazy approach of appointing and engaging ambassadors would not address the nagging issues that Ghanaians want addressed in order to make TVET attractive. A few questions therefore arise: what is the source of funding to engage these ambassadors? Or, are their services to the nation for free bearing the fact that other similar ambassadors have had monies and vehicles donated to them at the cost of the taxpayer? For how long will they undertake the so-called engagement aimed at promoting TVET?”

“The NDCs roadmap that we left behind, and which sought to develop TVET by giving it the necessary attention and investment for productivity and economic transformation has been unfortunately rejected by the NPP government of President Akufo-Addo. We the NDC have no qualms taking it up and taking TVET and the nation to a pedestal where it deserves when we are elected into office in December 2020.”

Copied from: Ghana web

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