Director-General, Commission for Technical Vocational, Educational and Training (CTVET), Dr Fred Kyei Asamoah, has revealed that government is working on competency-based training curriculum for individuals in the country.
According to him, the TVET introduced by government has over the years changed tremendously. He indicated that the five years strategic plan intended to start the TVET transformation agenda has been fully implemented and it’s supposed to end this year.
Dr Asamoah noted that the Commission has accomplished the governance and management category under the five year strategic plan. He indicated that the quality of TVET, which has to be industry driven since it determines the standards, is also being implemented.
“Through that, we have setup the sector skill bodies that government is working on to make sure they can have more power, more leverage to be able to determine what happens in our TVET system. Then also, in terms of quality of TVET, it has to be demand-driven, standard based and industry involved. That one too we are working on almost 100 competency-based training curriculum that is going to be used across all our technical and vocational institution…”Dr Fred Kyei Asamoah
Elaborating on what goes into the competency-based training curriculum, Dr Asamoah indicated that the curriculum caters to the tailored demands of the people and reflects the needs of the country. He emphasized that the “competency based training curriculum has to reflect what your industry” is inclined to.
“So, even in the car manufacturing industry, we are not as high as German or maybe America are doing. So, our curriculum we are developing is to look at what industries do we have; what are the standards; what is the next level that our local industry is looking at…? It is not the old way of putting curriculum together. The curriculum that is being used for the grammar side is completely different from the competency-based training curriculum…”Dr Fred Kyei Asamoah
$60 million allocated to Ghana Skill Development Fund
Commenting on the achievements of government with the TVET and the five year strategic plan, Dr Asamoah explained that all the five policy objectives have been worked by his outfit. He stated that government has “done not less than 80% of the strategic” plan.
“Starting from governance and management of TVET, two bills that were sent to parliament were approved and we have now established the Commission for TVET to give more powers to the regulator for TVET…”Dr Fred Kyei Asamoah
Meanwhile, the Director-General for CTVET has revealed that government has allocated some $60 million to the Ghana Skill Development Fund. This, he stated, is to enable the Commission give needed support to the industry, as the ultimate aim of that project is to create jobs.
“This $60 million project has been categorized into four windows for which everybody can have something… This is part of the Ghana jobs and skills project which is $200 million and this has started; it’s ongoing. We’ve put out the first call for proposal and we expect that all Ghanaians that have what it takes to be part of this challenge fund can apply to the Ghana Skill Development Fund which is being implemented under the Commission for TVET.”Dr Fred Kyei Asamoah