The Minister of Education, Dr Yaw Osei Adutwum, has advised students in the country to take advantage of the opportunities offered to them at school to prepare for their future so that the huge investment being made by the government does not go waste.
He explained that the huge investment made by the Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo government was geared toward preparing them to become economically empowered after school to support the nation’s transformation agenda.
Addressing students and staff of the Suame Technical Institute in Kumasi, as part his unannounced visits to schools, Dr Adutwum stated: “Do not be left out of the ongoing transformation in the education sector, which is a catalyst to transform the nation’s economy”.
He charged the students, especially the girls, to take their lessons serious, adding that they should not allow their peers to divert their focus from their studies.
“Work hard to shape your future dreams and aspirations so you can get a job or create a job yourself after your education so you can employ others after school,” he advised them.
Dr. Adutwum urged the students to respect their teachers, and appreciate their work since that is what would help shape their future.
The Education Minister hinted of plans to establish Technical Colleges to help award Diploma Certificates to pursue high education after their Technical Vocation Education and Training (TVET) courses.
The Principal of the Suame Technical Institute, Mr. Richard Addo-Gyamfi, commended the Education Minister for the visit, saying it would go a long way to boost the morale of the students.
He appealed to the government to help expand infrastructure in the school so they could increase enrolment.
The Minister used the unannounced visit to the school to inspect equipment at the school’s workshop and computer centres, and visited classrooms to interact with students.
The unannounced visit to schools by the Minister helps him to access the true state of affairs in the schools so he would know measures to put in place to improve them.