COTVET Act must be amended—Executive Director

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The Executive Director of the Council for Technical and Vocational Education and Training (COTVET) Dr. Fred Asamoah, has called for an immediate amendment of the current COTVET Act to keep up with global training standards.

According to Dr. Asamoah, the COTVET ACT in its current state does not support the development of world class skilled personnel in Ghana.

Speaking to Citi Business News on Skills training in the country, Dr. Fred Asamoah called on industry and private sector to support government in its attempt to use TVET in industrialization.

“With the new transformation agenda government is realigning, all TVET institutions with the Ministry of Education. For this to happen, we need to amend the existing laws that were created in 2006. That act needs to be amended so it reflects what’s happening in the education environment. The new act will cater for service delivery of TVET as well as the awarding and qualifications in the TVET sector.”

Another key addition that the amended act would cater for would be the establishment of 22 Sector Skills bodies or Councils.

The 22 councils would have oversight responsibility of areas including (but not limited to) Agriculture, Agribusiness and Agro Processing, Construction, Energy, Mining, Telecom, Strategic Manufacturing and Media and Entertainment.

He also added that he was hopeful parliament will facilitate the passages of the new bill before the end of the year.

Meanwhile, Dr. Asamoah said government will begin disbursing a hundred million dollar loan facility for transforming Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) in Ghana by the end of September this year.

By: Bobbie Osei/citibusinessnews.com/Ghana

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