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Bawumia: Choosing Addo Kufuor as KsTU chancellor right decision

Bawumia is optimistic KsTU can tap into Addo Kufuor's diverse and rich experience to become an enviable educational institution in Ghana

Vice-President Mahamudu Bawumia has described the selection of Dr Kwame Addo Kufuor, a former Minister of Defence, as the first chancellor for the Kumasi Technical University (KsTU) as a step in the right direction.

Bawumia is optimistic KsTU can tap into Addo Kufuor’s diverse and rich experience to become an enviable educational institution in Ghana.

In a Facebook post, Bawumia congratulated him in his new role.

Addo Kufour and Dr Mahamudu Bawumia
Addo Kufour and Dr Mahamudu Bawumia

“I joined H.E John Agyekum Kufuor, and other dignitaries for the investiture of Dr. Kwame Addo Kufuor as the first Chancellor of Kumasi Technical University.

“I commended the authorities of the University, for the excellent choice of a distinguished person, one who is also happily a firm believer in academic freedom. I am sure that the University will feel the added benefit of his diverse and rich experiences,” he posted on Facebook.
He added: “Dr. Kwame Addo Kufuor has a brilliant mind, is a high academic and professional achiever, and a statesman. Most importantly he is a man of utmost integrity. Kumasi Technical University could not have chosen a better person as its first Chancellor.”
Congratulations to Dr. Kwame Addo Kufuor. I wish you the very best in your stewardship of Kumasi Technical University. May God continue to bless you. You inspire all of us,” he added.
Established in 1954 as Kumasi Technical Institute, KsTU has produced a large pool of technical talent and is recognized as one of Ghana’s foremost technical training institutions, offering a large number of Higher National Diploma, Degree and Post-Graduate programmes in Engineering, Applied Arts, Sciences and Technology as well as Technical and Vocational Training.

Focus on TVET

Reiterating Government’s focus on Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET), Vice President Bawumia urged the new Chancellor and all heads of tertiary institutions to continue to make adequate preparations towards the extensive call for prioritizing Technical Education in Ghana and beyond, emphasizing that “the Free Senior High School and Free TVET Policies have become permanent features of our educational architecture and their foundations shall be embedded in other reforms in the TVET Education.

“Building on the foundations established by President John Agyekum Kufuor, the government of Nana Akufo-Addo has demonstrated a renewed commitment to technical and vocational education both at the secondary and tertiary levels. The vision of government since 2017 has been to align all TVET institutions in the country, to provide appropriate governance and management structure for a unified national TVET system.”

He explained that the realignment of the TVET landscape is to provide coordination of the curriculum, training of trainers/facilitators, linkage with industry, entry requirement, training facilities, mode of delivery, assessment, certification system and employability of graduates by synchronizing all existing laws relating to skills training in the country.

“In pursuit of this noble objective, I, on behalf of the President launched the Ghana TVET Service last year at a colourful event at the Accra Technical Training Centre. I am proud to see the many noticeable successes chalked by the management of the Ghana TVET Service.”

The ceremony was attended by a wide variety of friends, colleagues and family of the new chancellor including former President John Agyekum Kufuor; Nana Asafo Boakye Agyemang Bonsu, Asafohene, who represented His Royal Majesty Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, Asantehene; Prof Aaron Mike Oquaye, former Speaker of Parliament; the Majority Leader, Hon Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu; the Minister for Education, Hon Yaw Osei Adutwum; Most Rev Dr Cyril Kobina Ben-Smith, Anglican Archbishop of the internal province of Ghana in the Church of the Province of West Africa (CPWA), and Most. Rev. Prof. Daniel Yinka Sarfo, immediate past Archbishop.

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