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The implementation of latest academic reforms in Ghana in 2012 led to the abolition of agricultural science as a topic in fundamental colleges and the addition of agricultural science curriculum to built-in science.
Issues have been expressed by stakeholders whether or not the reforms permit area in fundamental colleges to adequately cowl important agriculture.
Agricultural schooling on the fundamental faculty stage has been acknowledged as necessary to coach youth within the fundamental rules of agriculture, to vary their perspective in direction of agriculture and to offer alternatives to develop their abilities for sustainable agricultural growth.
Agricultural Coaching School
Since independence, successive governments have tried to remodel the nation into a contemporary and productive participant within the international economic system via agriculture; Therefore, organising of Agricultural Coaching Schools to coach the frontline staff to disseminate info on trendy agricultural applied sciences to the farmers to spice up manufacturing within the nation.
Agricultural schools are coaching institutes by which college students purchase the mandatory theoretical and sensible data and abilities to enter farming and for that matter, we as a rustic can’t do with out them.
In 2019, the curriculum of agricultural schools was reviewed with the assistance of the NICHE challenge to coach agri-entrepreneurs. This new curriculum has paved the way in which for college students to deal with enterprise enterprise concepts.
At the moment, the Technical Schooling Growth for Agricultural Modernization (TEDMAG) Undertaking in Ghana is aiding schools to satisfy their mandate.
There are roughly six agricultural schools in Ghana: Kwadasso Agricultural School, Ezura Agricultural School, Ohawu Agricultural School, Damongo Agricultural School, Animal Well being and Manufacturing School in Pong Tamale, and Ghana Veterinary School in Tamale.
These had been set as much as prepare the manpower wants of the Ministry of Meals and Agriculture.
The imaginative and prescient of those schools is to develop facilities of excellence with dynamic, versatile and demand-driven coaching packages the place workers and youth construct careers that make them transformational leaders in agriculture and agribusiness in Ghana, Africa and past.
Quadasso Agricultural School
To the glory of God, the Quadasso Agricultural School is 100 years previous. The faculty reached its centenary milestone on February 25, 2022. It was based in 1922 by the Cadbury & Fry Firm, a British industrial entity that traded within the shopping for and promoting of cocoa within the then Gold Coast.
The faculty, established as a strategic coaching institute for youth within the subject of agriculture, can declare to have churned out over 75,000 graduates over the interval of its existence.
In numerous methods, faculty graduates have contributed to nationwide growth by offering skilled providers within the fields of agriculture, trade, schooling and analysis.
The existence of the faculty after 100 years is a sworn statement to its particular relevance to the manpower wants of this nation.
The extensively acclaimed success story of Ghana’s cocoa trade can’t be advised with out acknowledging the contribution of Kwadaso Agricultural School.
Ghana’s first constant international management within the cocoa sector additional cements the place of the Kwadasso Agricultural School as some of the necessary nationwide belongings.
In 100 years, the Kwadaso Agricultural School has the potential to contribute much more to the transformation means of Ghana’s agricultural sector, particularly within the subject of tree crops.
The writer is Head of the Division of Public Relations, Ministry of Meals and Agriculture.