FOSDA congratulates government on launching TVET service

Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, Vice-President of Ghana

The TVET service is a commendable achievement in the development of TVET in Ghana as it not only gives a new perspective to the sector, but most importantly, it ensures increased coordination of all TVET institutions under the 19 ministries under one. alone, which is the Ministry of Education.

The launch of the Technical and Vocational Training Service (TVET) by Vice President Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia on Tuesday December 14, 2021 in Accra is a fulfillment of Article 55 of the Law on Preschool Education (Law 1049). It is important to note that the TVET service is mandated to manage, supervise and implement policies and programs in the TVET sector.

This is to help rekindle young people’s interest in TVET and increase the choice of TVET among potential young people in their quest for technical education.

The establishment of the TVET Service is one of the many interventions of the government since 2017 to reorganize and reform the sector. A few weeks ago, the government announced that the TVET reform process has seen an investment of $ 1 billion since 2017 with the support of development partners (DANIDA, EU, GIZ, KfW, the Chinese government between others)[1].

The investment was devoted to the provision of massive infrastructure and equipment, including the modernization of 34 NVTIs, the construction of modern TVET laboratories in 17 technical schools and TVET institutions; the re-equipment of the 10 technical universities of the country with modern equipment and a university for skills development and entrepreneurship was also created.

The result showed that the number of students who passed their final year on technical exams rose to 24,000, up from 17,000 in 2019, according to the deputy minister responsible for TVET. That said, many media and CSO circles have expressed concern that changing donor priorities may impact the TVET sector in the future, especially when domestic funding has averaged over 2.86% of the total education budget from 2011 to 2018.

Recently, the government committed $ 60 million at the opening of the fifth skills development fair in Accra in November 2020 under the Skills Development Fund (SDF[2]) now (Ghana-SDF[3] This commitment was announced because a major DANIDA donor namely the Danish government, which has been one of the main donors to the SDF since its creation in 2011, will no longer fund the project in subsequent years.

It is in this context that the Foundation for Security and Development in Africa (FOSDA) in collaboration with CITI TV and with the support of OXFAM and partners organized the National Forum on the financing of TVET and the youth employment to call on the government to;

Increase domestic funding for TVET by considering sourcing from the Communication Services Tax (CST). Since 2008, the CST has brought in GHS 3.52 billion.

Develop a TVET financing policy to ensure coherent and sustainable financing of TVET in Ghana to match the ECOWAS average of 5.6% in the short and medium term and exceed it in the long term.

DANIDA’s withdrawal from the SDF should be a wake-up call for the government to work to deal with shocks from donors such as this, in order to chart a course for sustainable domestic financing in the future of the country. end of donor support.

It is important to also note that the call for increased funding is not irrelevant as research has established that the cost of funding TVET is between 5 and 6 times the cost of traditional secondary education.

The government should not tire of increasing investments in TVET; this will help reap the full benefits of the sector and ultimately reduce the threat of youth unemployment.

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