Regional News of Thursday, 10 March 2005
Accra, Mar. 10, GNA - Mr Rahul V. Athavale, Service Manager of Auto Parts, said on Wednesday it would be difficult for the country to get the quality of human resources needed to move the country forward if strong educational foundation was not built.
"We are in a fast changing world and we should put in maximum effort to withstand the challenges that thwart our efforts, to improve technical education to enhance our standard of living."
He said it was necessary that adequate attention would be given to students undertaking technical education, since their empowerment could yield a far-reaching result to transform society.
Mr Athavale was speaking to the Ghana News Agency (GNA) shortly after closing a weeklong Intensive Advanced Auto Training Programme for 30 trainees from the Normal Technical Training Centre in the Eastern Region in Accra.
The programme was part of the Centre's routine training activities that offered the students exposure, and to affiliate themselves with current technology in automobile.
Additionally, students from the electrical department have of late been attached to the Volta River Authority (VRA) at Akosombo, while those in the building construction department were attached to construction companies. Companies that had helped to train the Centre's students included Silver Star and the Central Workshop of the Ghana Highway Authority.
Speaking to the students earlier, Mr. Norbert Adbeteku, Assistant Technical Training Manager, gave the assurance that the company was ready to assist Normal in its quest to train the unemployed youth. Mr. Samuel Dowoktor also a trainer from Auto Parts stated that it would be prudent for parents to provide their children's educational needs promptly to enable them to attend school regularly and punctually too.
Mr. Albert Freeman Aikins, Principal of the Centre, stressed that Normal would continue to play its role in technical education and training of unskilled hands since the institution recognised the crucial role that technical training could play in the development of the country, as well as providing self-employment for young.