Dr Joyce Rosaline Aryee, the Executive Director of Salt and Light Ministries, has called for the review of the current educational and training systems to the one that would be responsive to the need of school leavers, industry and the community.
She said that was the only way to restructure the Ghanaian economy and move it from the current labour-intensive to capital and knowledge intensive where technical and vocational education would take the centre stage.
Dr Aryee therefore called for a clear mission and vision in articulating the role of Science, Technical, Vocational, Education (STVE), within the national education and training system as the engine for rapid economic development.
The former Chief Executive Officer of the Ghana Chamber of Mines made the call at the speech and prize giving day and 20th anniversary celebration of Aburi Presbyterian Senior High and Technical School at Aburi.
Dr Aryee said secondary, technical and vocational education system played a crucial role in the social-economic development of a nation, due to its dynamic nature.
She said it was unfortunate that technical and vocational education had been relegated to the background due to prejudice against it and was rather associated with those who were less academically inclined.
Dr Aryee said the greatest gaps in human resource development were in vocational education and technical skills.
She said there were six tests of success of STVE, which needed to be addressed and they are the employability of the graduates, personal development, opportunities for further education and career development, public acceptance and image.
Using Singapore as a case study, she said their system of vocational, technical education transformed the country from a developing country into a world-class model country.