President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has approved an Act to establish the Gompa Technical and Vocational Education Training Institute (G-TVET) for Nimba County.
Construction of the G-TVET, according to the Nimba County Electoral District #1 Representative, Jeremiah Koung, will commence when elders and opinion leaders provide the land in Ganta where the institute will be built.
The Act, which the President approved on June 17, was published and printed into hand bills on July 19.
In a Daily Observer exclusive interview over the weekend at his office in Ganta, Koung said his idea to submit the bill to his fellow lawmakers requesting the establishment of the G-TVET, was based on Chapter II, Article 6 of the 1986 Constitution, which states: “The Republic shall…provide equal access to educational opportunities and facilities for all citizens to the extent of available resources with emphasis placed on mass education of Liberians and eliminate illiteracy.”
Rep. Koung said the G-TVET will therefore be established to enroll and train qualified candidates in cycles of nine months non-technical careers; one year and six months semi-technical careers, and two years intensive highly technical careers.
The field of study for the nine months non-technical careers is home economics (Pastry, Tailoring-Faber designs, tye-dyeing, etc.)
Other courses include interior design, decoration and cosmetology.
For the semi-technical careers, students will learn secretarial and computer science (IT), electronics, carpentry and furniture designs and tailoring.
As for the highly technical careers, students will be introduce to architectural drafting, auto-mechanics and professional driving (light and heavy duty), metal work such as wielding; plumbing and water and sanitation technician, air condition and refrigeration maintenance and repair. Other subjects will include agriculture science and technicians (rice cultivation-irrigation, animal husbandry, piggery and poultry, chain saw and earth-moving equipment operations.
The G-TVET is established to provide a middle link capacity development training that will empower young Nimbaians by equipping them to contribute to the reconstruction and development of the country.
“G-TVET’s establishment is intended to minimize illiteracy, idleness and liability in the country, by increasing a sense of productivity; place emphasis on vocational and technical education which provide alternative links between high school and college or university education,” said Koung.
“It will also provide for the Liberian society young technicians who will make positive interventions in the remote parts of our country to foster the policy of decentralization of quality vocational, technical and professional education and affordable training,” Koung said.
The Gompa-TVET Institute will be governed by a competent Board of Trustees with well selected Administrative Council and qualified faculty, who will be vetted by the National Commission on Higher Education.