ACCRA, The Ghana government has expressed its intention to adopt the German model of Technical, Vocational Education and Training (TVET) as part of an integrated policy of enriching technical education in the country in order to integrate technical education with modern industrial demands as part of the national industrialisation policy to create employment and stimulate economic growth.

Barbara Asher Ayisi, the Deputy Minister of Education in-charge of Basic Education, says the initiative is critical to enable technical institutions to produce the needed quality manpower for the country. She was speaking at the launch of a Partnership for Applied Sciences Project (PASS) by Cape Coast Technical University (CCTU) and Kumasi Technical University (KTU) in Cape Coast, about 150 kilometres west of here, on Monday.

The initiative is being carried out in partnership with three universities of applied sciences in Germany — Hochshule Bonn Rhein-Sieg, TH Koln University of Applied Sciences and the International Hochshule Bad Honnef-Bonn.

The partnership, which involves coaching, mentoring and exchanges of programmes, forms part of a broader programme to convert Ghana’s polytechnics into full-fledged technical universities and is being implemented under the theme “Strengthening quality project-based teaching, promoting internationalisation and broadening networks: A German-Ghanaian university project”.

According to Ayisi, the German TVET model is one of the best in the world and adopting it would consolidate the core mandate of Vocational and Technical institutions of providing quality higher technical and vocational education in the country.

The Deputy Minister, who is the Member of Parliament for Cape Coast North, urged the collaborating institutions to effectively embrace the Competence-Based Training (CBT) model being rolled out to all TVET institutions because it was industry-led, demand driven and outcome-based.