General News of Tuesday, 13 November 2018
The Enyan Abaasa Technical Institute in the Ajumako-Enyan-Essiam District of the Central Region has several classes held under trees.
Hundreds of the students have their classes under trees due to inadequate classroom facilities.
Anxiety sets in when it’s cloudy and classes are disrupted anytime it rains.
The Principal of the institute, Mr Peter Aduoko-Baah said seven classes are held under trees on the school compound adding that the situation affects the effective teaching and learning.
According to him the institute also lacks workshops for practical teaching and learning.
He was speaking at the maiden Speech and Prize Giving Day of the institute at Enyan Abaasa in the Central region.
The day was on the theme “Technical Education, A Realistic Approach to Unemployment He said it was sad that a technical school which is almost 30 years did not have workshops, laboratories and a library.
He also expressed concern about the fact that the stated that the school did not have a fence wall which he noted allowed intruders and students to move in and out of the school.
“This situation promotes indiscipline among students,” he added.
The bright side
Mr Aduoko-Baah said the school continues to chalk successes in academics and in other extra curricula activities including sports.
He called for infrastructure development support for the school to promote effective teaching and learning.
Demand for skills
The Acting Vice-Chancellor of the Accra Technical Institute, Professor Edmund Ameko who was the guest speaker stated that one of the main reasons for the high rate of youth unemployment across the world was a growing mismatch between the supply and demand for skills.
He indicated that a part of the solution technical education.
He noted that in Ghana the National Employment Report (2015) for Ghana indicated that formal public and private sector jobs had declined.
According to him over 230,000 new job seekers annually but the formal sector absorbs only two percent which is about 4600 persons were employed in the formal sector every year.
He said TVET has been an integral part of national development strategies in many societies because of its impact on productivity and economic development.
The Chief Director of the Aviation Ministry, Mrs Christiana Edmunds advised the students particularly the female students to aspire for greater heights.
The Omanhene of the Owirenkyiman Traditional area, Ehunabobrim Prah Agyennsiam VI advised the school authorities to work to use the students to build some of the infrastructure of the school.
Osagyefo Kwame Akonu X, President of the Abaasa Traditional Council advised the students to adopt role models and emulate their strengths and virtue to help them prepare for a better future.
Staff and students who excelled were awarded for the hard work.
The school was established in 1989 with 25 students on a 23-acre land.
Currently, the school’s population stands at 972.