The Headmistress of St Clare’s vocational Training Institute in Tumu is worried some of her students are dropping out of school and getting pregnant because they are not covered by the free senior high school program of the government.
This has become a disincentive in the promotion of Vocational and Technical among the youth in the area who have to depend on their parents to fend for themselves aside school fees but this is affecting especially the students.
The Principal ,Reverend sister Catherine Naaeke said this during a TVET seminar yesterday organised by Sissala Literacy Project with funding from Plan Ghana bemoaned that the last students to be given money to go to school are children who pursue Technical and Vocational education. Therefore, most of them struggle to get money to pay their school fees since vocational schools were not part of the free education in the manifesto of the NPP government.
She noted that many students in search of school fees either get pregnant or get into all kinds of problems and have to quit their education except few who accept the hardship to go through their training.
While she acknowledges the importance of technical and vocational education which government has taken steps to promote, she appealed that with the introduction of free Seconadry education they need the support of all stakeholders to continue to encourage the young boys and girls to opt for vocational education.