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Free Schooling for 'Kayayee'

2009-09-16 08:47:48
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The Minister of Youth and Sports, Rashid Pelpuo, yesterday, announced plans by the government to enroll all unskilled youth on the streets, including female porters popularly known as Kayayee, in schools just at the end of this year.

According to the minister, the government is in the process of finalizing a dynamic new National Youth Police under the National Youth Council (NYC) to make room for new opinions and perspectives to enable the ministry come out with a policy generally accepted to all Ghanaians at the end of the year.

He said the ministry is working on a Draft Bill which will be submitted to Cabinet and, subsequently, Parliament to be passed into law to give meaning to the NYC and facilitate the implementation of the policy.

According to him, the policy, when finalized, will administer eleven youth leadership and skills training institutes which would provide young people with a two-year training programme in areas such as agriculture, dressmaking, catering, electrical installations and masonry. Others include carpentry and joinery, metal works, hair dressing as well as computer students.

“Seventy-five candidates are to be enrolled in each of the above-mentioned institutions and, at the end of the two-year course; the students would be examined for the National Vocational Training Institute (NVTI) Grade Two certificate, while the institution would also award their own diploma”, he said.

Mr Pelpuo said the training institutions are unique in the sense that admission requirements will not be based on academic qualifications only, but those who have not had formal education would also be admitted and trained in vocational and technical skills.

The intention of the ministry is for the beneficiaries of the training in these institutes to have the capacity to set up on their own with the probability of transferring the skills acquired through apprenticeship training to others in their communities.


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