The Minister of Education, Dr. Yaw osei Adutwum has revealed that twelve new technical vocational education and training (TVET) schools have been approved for construction.
According to him eight of them are post-secondary TVET schools so literally eight polytechnics are coming into existence.
“Polytechnics are coming back, eight of the 12 are post-secondary TVET schools, funding ready. Funding has been approved and constructions are about to begin,” he uncovered this during a meeting with representatives of non-governmental organisations (NGOs) in education last Friday in Accra.
Under the budget, he said there were 35 Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics STEM schools whose funding had been secured, adding that nine of them would be done this year.
“We have five STEM universities. So the regions that do not have universities may get two, STEM and TVET or the polytechnic and the funding is available because it has been sourced from abroad,” he emphasised.
The country previously had10 polytechnics, nine of which have been converted into technical universities.
Issue on Teacher deployment
In the area of teacher deployment, Dr Adutwum indicated that there were surplus of teachers in the country and that the challenge had to do with deployment.
“It is not a supply issue. So the unions and the Ghana Education Service have been working on rural teacher deployment incentives. It is taking too long, the ministry is now stepping in, I’m bringing them together because we need to have the rural-teacher deployment incentive,” he emphasised.
Dr Adutwum also made mention of the teacher housing scheme which was being worked on to provide accommodation facilities for them.
On school administration, he said data from the National Teaching Council showed that only 6.5 per cent of headmasters, headteachers and other school administrators had formal training in school administration.
He said that should not be the situation in the 21st Century “that you can become a headmaster but you have no formal training”
“So National Education Institute is something that will help us do that. So the ministry would do that and get all the agencies to get their people trained,” he said.
Source: Graphic Online
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