Ghana appreciates growing educational partnership with China – President

Stephen Asante, GNA

Tanoso (Ash), Dec.
03, GNA – President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has welcomed Ghana’s growing
partnership with the People’s Republic of China in the area of education.

“I use this occasion
to extend my warmest appreciation to President Xi Jinping for this partnership.
Ghana is committed to sustaining this growing relations, cooperation and
solidarity between the two countries.” 

He said it was
necessary to improve the human resource of the country for socio-economic
growth, particularly in the area of technical, technology and vocational
education, which was pivotal to producing a skilled labour force.

President Akufo-Addo
was addressing a sod-cutting ceremony for the examination unit project of the
College of Technology, University of Education Winneba, Kumasi Campus.

Ghana’s educational
relationship with China had been taken to a new height, especially under
President Xi Jinping’s Administration, with the latter providing about 7000
educational opportunities to Ghanaian students in recent times.

This encompasses the
undergraduate and post-graduate levels of education, President Akufo-Addo said,
adding that such bi-lateral partnership was for the mutual benefit of the two

He said his
Administration would not in any way downplay the importance of technical and
vocational education and training in the nation’s development agenda.

The Government, he noted,
was thus pushing the needed resources to strengthen such education at the
second-cycle and tertiary levels and establishing linkages between academia and
industry to transform the economy.

Citing the
Ghana-China project being sponsored under the Eximbank China facility, the
President said it would see to the upgrading and rehabilitation of
infrastructure in two polytechnics, eight technical universities and over 10
technical institutes across the country.

Additionally, a
number of workshops, laboratories and examination units would be constructed
for the accelerated and sustainable development of technical education.

Mr Wang Shiting, the
Chinese Ambassador to Ghana, said his country was proud to be associated with
efforts at developing Ghana’s educational sector, especially in the area of
technical education, to an appreciable standard.


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