A former Vice Chancellor of the University of Cape Coast, Reverend Professor Emmanuel Adow Obeng, says the Ghana Beyond Aid vision coupled with the industrialization aspirations is bound to crash if the government continue to pay lip-service to technical university education as seen with governments in the past.
Reverend Professor Obeng who is currently the President of the Presbyterian University College was speaking at the Second Convocation Lectures of Takoradi Technical University on the theme: “Ghana’s Future and Economic Growth: The Role of the Technical Universities”.
Professor Obeng giving the rationale for his assertion told Citi News that Technical University education would unlock the potential skills of Ghanaians to contribute to the developmental agenda of Ghana Beyond Aid and industrialization, hence adequate funding at the highest level of technical education should be of supreme importance.
“All along in this country, we have been talking about technical vocational education and training but in my view so far, it has been lip-service. Go to the Secondary Technical Schools, a number of them don’t have equipment for the training of students. Now we have about eight or ten technical universities, we need to equip them in their training to have the hands-on practice so that when they go out, either they create jobs for themselves or service our industries, work in agricultural sectors and all the sectors that can help our economy to grow strong. If you look at the Ghana Beyond Aid agenda seriously, what is crucial is that your economy must grow and you are going to rely on Ghanaians for that economy to grow. You are not going to rely on aid from outside to develop your economy.”
Professor Obeng also highlighted the need for technical universities to focus on their core mandate of technical training at a time some technical universities like Takoradi Technical University are now offering programmes in Media Studies and even considering training in Chinese language.
“The technical universities must watch it carefully because there is the tendency to veer off, because there are a lot more programmes which you can easily manage. But with the Technical subjects, you need your laboratories and if the labs are not there, then you become handicapped. And that is where if you are not focused, you sway into other easy options, but I think if they stay focused with the necessary equipment, the necessary labs, they should be able to make the impact we are expecting from them.” he said.