Dr. Mathew Opoku Prempeh, the Education Minister, has hinted of government’s plans to create a Technical Education Service (TES) to provide impetus to the promotion of technical and vocational education.

He said a specialized agency was needed to develop standards, curriculum and regulate technical and vocational education.

He was addressing a meeting with members of the Association of Principals of Technical Institutes (APTI) in Kumasi.

Dr. Opoku Prempeh indicated that the government was not only committed to mainstreaming technical and vocational education, but to also make it the number one option in senior high school (SHS) education, in the next five years.

The meeting provided the forum to adequately inform the Principals of the plans and programmes for this sector of education and collate their views and ideas to make these work.

The Minister noted that the nation’s industrialization agenda could not be achieved without skilled middle level manpower and that was why they would go to every length to make technical education attractive to students.

A delegation had already been to Germany to study its technical education concept and the experiences learnt to be replicated in the technical and vocational schools, he added.

He told the Heads that the government was working to secure funding to rehabilitate and equip the technical universities and institutes.

He gave the assurance that the free SHS policy – to start in the coming September, would cover technical and vocational education and asked the Principals to ready themselves for the programme.

The Minister warned against the politicization of the free SHS policy and said it was not for scoring political points, but about the future of the country.

Professor Kwasi Opoku Amankwaa, Director-General of the Ghana Education Service (GES), repeated that technical and vocational education formed integral part of the government’s development agenda.

He urged the Principals to work hard and with renewed commitment to transform technical and vocational in the country.