The Institution of Engineering and Technology, Ghana (IET) called on the government to show its commitment to technical and vocational training in the country by building 50 technical and vocational schools under its new SHS program.
Addressing the IET end-of-year conference in Accra on the theme: âCompetency-based training: its importance for the national economyâ, President of the EIT, Rev. Engr. EO Ankrah expressed the Institution’s dissatisfaction with the state of technical and vocational education in the country. He therefore instructed the government to take the initiative to make the areas highly relevant to the country’s needs.
For his part, the Minister of Water Resources, Works and Housing, Alhaji Collins Dauda, ââin a speech delivered on his behalf by Ingr. John Tettey, expressed the government’s concern over the growing phenomenon of building collapses in the country; a situation he attributes in part to the lack of professional conduct of some consulting engineers. According to him, the application of skills-based training (CBT) in the curriculum of vocational, technical and engineering educational institutions is “a major step in eliminating poor quality work carried out by craftsmen and other charlatans. of the building industry â. He therefore called on the EIT and other relevant institutions in the built environment industry to work with the government to find a lasting solution to the threat.
He also noted that the government is in the process of revising Ghana’s 1996 construction regulations to adapt them to current trends in the construction industry.
The conference was also used to induct 60 engineers into the College of EIT Fellows, and another 50 as new corporate and associate members.
Special quotes were presented to Apostle K. Safo of the Kantanka Group and Dr Obi Berko Damoah for their contributions to the growth of engineering in Ghana. A new website for the association was also unveiled.
The Institution of Engineering and Technology is a member of the Engineering Council of Ghana.
By Isaac Kofi Batini