The Council for Technical and Vocational Education and Training (COTVET), has initiated moves to make secondary vocational and technical education more attractive to pupils in Junior High Schools, with the launch of a career guidance manual.
The manual is expected to help pupils with their career choices and outline opportunities in the Technical and Vocational Education Training (TVET) sector.
With this launch, COTVET hopes to help pupils in JHS make the right TVET career choices. The manual seeks to help JHS pupils to understand themselves and potentials, know the opportunities in the world of work, develop career alternatives and finally prepare them for their chosen careers.
Dr. Ebenezer Adaku, a lecturer at the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA) business school, who helped develop the manual, noted to Citi News that “this manual is supposed to provide them [pupils] information about all the careers in Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET), and for now COTVET is championing this course and working towards the realization of it.”
He added that this manual will also serve as a guide for people who are not in the TVET or vocational education sector, to also know the available career opportunities in TVET.
Also speaking to Citi News, John Mensah Annang, a research officer at the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment (NCCA) of curriculum and research, lamented that the educational system does not give enough support to vocational education.
He said there is the need to give the vocational sector a new focus to help bring out the entrepreneurial skills in pupils to help reduce unemployment.
“We need to give the technical and vocational education and training a new focus so that at least the learners in our basic institution will acquire the needed skill that can re-position them in life,” Mr. Annang said.
By: Farida Yusif/citifmonline.com/Ghana