Senior Minister Yaw Osafo Maafo has announced the appointment of a new Director General of Education who will focus on vocational and technical education.
The minister says the plans were well-advanced to ensure that Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) was well managed.
According to the Senior Minister, the move forms part of government’s plans to use technical and vocational education as a tool to reduce the alarming unemployment rate in the country.
Speaking at the 60th Anniversary Celebration of the of the St Paul’s Technical School at Kukurantumi in the Eastern Region, he said when appointed, the new Director General will work alongside the current GES boss, Professor Kwasi Opoku-Amankwa.
“We are going to have two Director-Generals; one specifically for TVET services and one for normal education services. So all matters related to technical vocational education will be handled under the Director-General for TVET services,” he said.
He added, ‘’This move is envisioned to shift the emphasis of education from the grammar system to vocational education.
“We want to shift the emphasis to technical and vocational education. That clear absence of that technical concept within the administration of education has cost us a lot because everybody is emphasizing grammar education because that is what we have emphasized in our structure.”
“We want a Director General for Technical Education Services so that the emphasis is there in the structure of the education and all TVET will work to its Director General.’’