Ghana’s Ambassador to China, Edward Boateng, is advocating for a paradigm shift in Ghana’s vocational and technical education system , urging that Ghana should adopt the Chinese vocational education system.
Speaking to the B&FT in Beijing, China, he said: “This year, we are moving to education. That is where our focus as a mission will be, after a successful barter deal between Ghana and China. One of the things I have realised since I became the Ambassador is that the Chinese have educated their people. Education is not only sitting in the class room or formal education.
Giving an example on how the Chinesevoca do their things that has made them the second largest economy in the world, Mr Boateng said: “Everything they do, there is a science to it and that is what we are working on this year so we can put more of our people in the vocational training system of China. Even when you go to the farms you realised they know what they are doing and when the Chinese farmer is sowing seeds he does it in a straight line which makes harvesting easy.
He said: “The Chinese also learnt from the Germans and that is something I really want us to focus on. I believe that the way we do things as a country also does not help us to be efficient so we have to change our way of doing things and the only way we can do it is to copy their vocational training system and it should be part of our life in Ghana now.”
Some educationists have argued that the current state of Ghana’s vocational and technical educational sub-sector restricts the ability to transform the economy from a middle-income country with inadequate infrastructure to the status of a developed economy.
Already employers complain about the quality of graduates at all levels of education, with some decidedly giving preference to Ghanaians who have schooled abroad.
Ambassador Boateng said last year was a remarkable one for Ghana in terms of the bilatral relations between Ghana and the People’s Republic of China.
“We have worked hard to improve our relations with China and I must say that the year has been good at all levels,” he said.
He said last year many Ghanaian ministers participated in many high level discussions.
For instance, he said the Minister of Agriculture, Dr Owusu Afriyie, participated in a summit in Hanzhou Province and because of his participation and the good impression he made at the summit this year they are going to add cocoa to the summit which will give an opportunity to Ghana to exhibit its products.
The Governor of the Shandong Province will also visit Ghana, in fact Shangdong has the third largest GDP in China so it been very remarkable achievement
He said Ghana is presently one of the highest beneficiaries of cultural exchange programs in China globally.
“We are now a keen leader when it comes to African issues in China and we are engaged by our peers and after the 2018 Forum on China Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) we led the discussion on FOCAC review which was under the leadership of the United Nations. So it been a very good year for us and we are expecting that 2019 we will make it better,” he added.