FOSDA and young activists (Ashanti Regional Youth Network-ARYN) have called on government to increase funding for TVET. This was contained in a policy brief developed by FOSDA, detailing a concrete proposal for a much more practical financing of the technical and vocational education, among other things by using a portion of the earnings from Ghana’s Oil Extraction and Communication Service Tax.
Data from the Medium-Term Expenditure Framework; indicates that between 2011-2018, the highest spending on TVET was GHS 481,950,598 representing 5.31% of the total education expenditure of GHS 9,081,770,030 in 2016. It was lowest at 1.3% in 2018 of the total expenditure for the education sector. After 2016, expenditure has declined to 2% and 1.3% in 2017 and 2018 respectively when nominal figures for the education sector increased to over GHS 10billion and GHS 12billion for the former and latter.
“What happens if all SHS student pass their WASSCE exams and qualify to enter the tertiary institutions; do we have the adequate resources to absorb the numbers? We need to enhance the opportunities in the TVET sector.”
“For many, it is still only the long academic educations that count. But for a large majority of young people, a good quality technical and vocational education will actually give them far better opportunities,” said FOSDA’s programme Officer, Solomon Okai, when he was in the studio at Akoma FM a subsidiary of TV3 Network on in the Ashanti Region on 19th December, 2020 and with him the call to devote far more funds to create education that qualifies young people for a wide range of jobs in agriculture, services and the industrial sector.
He added that “Assuming all young people (15-35years-10million people) were spending along the GHS1.3 (estimate) line and considering the 5% Communication Service Tax (CST) rate, government will rake in GHS182,500,00 from this age category alone in a space of 1 year. This represents 84% of the total 217 million CST in the year 2014. Since inception in 2008 to June 2020 the CST has contributed GHS 2.93billion to national development. During the lockdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic the CST exceeded its target by 80% due to high demand for digital services online. CST is projected to grow overtime due to the digitalization of the Ghanaian economy. A greater chunk of the CST revenue is contributed by young people. Therefore, it is fair that their money is used to build their capacity to contribute to national development. This can be done through increasing investment in TVET Education”
The call targeted government and stakeholders about how to influence the content of technical and vocational educations so that they are commensurate with the young people’s needs and wishes. They have also campaigned extensively in the media and on social media to raise awareness of the need and influence Ghanaians’ views on what type of education is worth prioritizing.