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Madam Elizabeth Mensah, Principal of National Community Development Vocational Institute (NCDVI), has underscored the importance of technical vocational education in every individual’s life.
She said technical vocational education is a pivotal basis training that helps to equip people to put to good use their God given talents.
Madam Mensah made this known when the school held its 40th Graduation and Speech and Prize Giving Day in Accra on the theme: “Promoting Technical Vocational Skill with Innovation for Building a New and Better Ghana.”
She said technical vocational education is not meant for academically weaker students as some people have perceived over the years.
“The mind set of some Ghanaians towards technical vocational education training has remained unchanged, the perception is still firmly held that technical vocational training is for academically weak students,” she said.
Madam Mensah said people also believe that technical vocational education training is not financially rewarding.
She affirmed that through technical vocational education the country is progressing in the private and public sectors.
Madam Mensah called on the citizenry to re-examine their perception and develop a positive attitude towards the course.
She emphasised that the new technical and vocational education is going to be competency based so that trainees would learn effectively in their chosen trade at their own pace and would be absorbed by industries after training.
Madam Mensah appealed to government to extend a helping hand to the school in the area of transport, furniture, and dormitory facilities as well as a well resourced library to help in the development of the academic facility.
Sixty female students graduated and were awarded with the National Vocational Training Institute certificates.
Deserving students who had excelled in their fields, retired teachers and national service personnel whose services are almost due were also awarded.
NCDVI was established in 1965 by the Department of Social Welfare and Community Development.