Leadership Crisis Hits COTVET

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…As Executive Director Sleeps on the Job

By Cecil Mensah

The lack of a substantive Executive Director for Council for Technical, Vocational Education and Training(COTVET), the agency mandated by the Ministry of Education to regulate Technical and Technical, Vocational Education and Training (TVET) is grinding to a halt.

The Council, which has been relocated from its offices in the Ministries area to the plush East Legon area is currently on its knees, because of the Council’s directionless for the past one year.

The Herald has learnt that for almost a year now, the Board of the Council has not been able to meet because of lack of leadership on the part of the council thereby slowing the process of disbursement of the Social Development Fund (SDF).

The Herald is reliably informed that since Mr Samson Dampety ,the current Acting Executive Director took office in November last year as a result of the exit of Mr Baffour Awuah work has come to a standstill with staff waiting on the appointing body to either confirm Mr Damptey’s appointment or throw him out for non performance.

The Herald’s credible sources say the delays in the appointment of a substantive Executive Director, has slowed the speed of the Council in terms of creating awareness on the law that backs establishment of the Council and its mandate as a TVET regulator.

The governing Board of the Council, The Herald is reliably informed met only once, because of the Council’s inactiveness in securing the subventions meant for it.

‘’No key decision has been taken in terms of the implementation of the mandate of the Council as a regulator of TVETs in the country,’’ The Herald was told.

The leadership crisis, The Herald can report has affected the disbursement of the Social Development Fund (SDF) which is targeted at growing Ghanaian businesses.

Some members of staff who spoke to The Herald are blaming the current situation of the Council on the management style of the Acting Executive Director.

They claim the Executive Director is not active in his quest to solicit funds for the implementation of the Council’s activities over the past ten months.

According to them, this has resulted in the delays in the implementation of the manuals for the Competence Base Training (CBT) concept for all technical and vocational training schools in the country. Owners of TVETs are complaining about the Council’s failure to resource them for the onward implementation of CBT.

Even though the CBT manuals that COVET intends introducing will bring the best out of students in the Technical and Vocational Education Training (TVET) in the country, Mr Damptey’s lack of leadership has made the concept a disincentive to TVET owners.

The Herald can report that the CBT manuals which will ensure that all TVET institutions are retooled to meet the demands of the manuals, according to the COVET Act by July this year, has also not been met because of lack of leadership.

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