Kumasi, Oct. 10, GNA – Dr. Abeiku Apprey, Principal of the Kumasi Technical Institute (KTI), has underscored the need to boost technical and vocational education in the country as it held the key to national economic development.
He has therefore called on guardians and parents the Basic School Certificate Examination (BECE) candidates to encourage their wards to opt for technical education to ease the pressure that characterize Senior High School (SHS) admissions.
“This area of education trains the youth to acquire basic skills relevant for employment and wealth creation in this era of globalization”, he added.
Dr Apprey was speaking to the Ghana News Agency (GNA) on the sidelines of a street float organized by his Institute on Tuesday to sensitize the public especially the youth on the importance of technical education.
This comes on the heels of the selection of Mrs Patricia Ampofowaa Boso, Head of the KTI Radio and Electronic Department, as winner of the National Best Teacher Award for 2012.
It is the second time in two years that the winner of that enviable award has come from KTI.
In 2010, Mr. Kingsley Ackom, a tutor in Electrical Installation, won the ultimate prize.
The Principal said the perception that technical and vocational training was only for people not too good academically was only a fallacy which should be ignored entirely.
Dr Apprey said the Institute could have fielded any candidate for last year’s contest, “I am sure the person would have won hands down again.”