Technical and Vocational Toolboxes in Our Junior High Schools is very important

The evolution of education in Ghana has seen a paradigm shift towards fostering critical thinking and problem-solving skills among the populace. Central to this transformation is the introduction of the standard based curriculum in basic schools. This includes the integrated subject of Career Technology. This multifaceted discipline encompasses technical skills, basic design and technology, home economics, and more.

Despite the noble intentions behind this curriculum, facilitators face significant challenges, particularly in addressing the deficiency of subject knowledge and the lack of adequate facilities. In this article, I explore the crucial need for technical and vocational toolboxes in Junior High Schools. This will ensure a holistic and effective and practical teaching of Career Technology.

Current Challenges

One of the primary hurdles faced by facilitators in the implementation of the Career Technology curriculum in our Junior High Schools is the lack of comprehensive subject knowledge among teachers.

Given the diverse nature of the subject. It becomes challenging for a single facilitator to cover all aspects effectively. For instance, home economics teachers may struggle with delivering portions related to pre-technical skills, while pre-technical skill teachers may lack practical knowledge in home economics. This disconnect hinders the holistic understanding and application of Career Technology by students.

Furthermore, the absence of suitable facilities exacerbates the problem. The fact is that, the standard-based curriculum emphasizes learner-centric approaches, urging students to move beyond passive listening to active participation. However, the dearth of appropriate tools and resources impedes the practical implementation of the curriculum. Students are left without the hands-on experience which is vital for skill development and real-world application.

The Proposal: Technical and Vocational Toolboxes

To address these challenges and ensure the effective teaching of Career Technology, it is imperative for the Ministry of Education and the Ghana Education Service to consider the distribution of technical and vocational toolboxes in all Junior High Schools. These toolboxes should be equipped with the necessary tools and resources to facilitate practical learning, aligning with the principles of the standard-based curriculum.

Benefits of Technical and Vocational Toolboxes

  • Practical Implementation of Curriculum

Technical and vocational toolboxes will provide a portable space for students to engage in hands-on activities, bridging the gap between theoretical knowledge and practical application. This aligns with the essence of the standard-based curriculum, promoting experiential learning.

  • Skill Development and Employability

By engaging in practical activities using these toolboxes, students will acquire valuable skills relevant to various career paths. This not only enhances their employability but also contributes to reducing unemployment and dependency ratios in the long run.

  • Holistic Approach to Teaching

The toolboxes will enable a collaborative teaching approach, allowing specialists in specific areas such as pre-technical skills and home economics to contribute their expertise. It will promote a more comprehensive and effective delivery of the content of the Career Technology curriculum.

  • Student Empowerment

Practical learning experiences with the toolboxes will empower students to take charge of their education. They will become active participants in the learning process, fostering a sense of independence and self-reliance.

Recruitment of University Teachers with Practical Knowledge

To bolster the effectiveness of technical and vocational toolboxes in Junior High Schools, a strategic emphasis must be placed on the recruitment of university teachers equipped with practical knowledge in skills development. The success of these toolboxes hinges on the expertise of educators who can seamlessly integrate theoretical concepts with real-world applications.

University teachers specializing in Career Technology should be carefully selected based on their hands-on experience and practical insights. Beyond traditional academic qualifications, preference should be given to candidates with a demonstrable track record of applying theoretical knowledge in practical settings.

This could include individuals with industry experience, professionals who have actively contributed to the development of technical skills, or those who have engaged in relevant research with tangible applications.

In furtherance, the recruitment process should prioritize facilitators with a nuanced understanding of the evolving trends of Career Technology. This will ensure that the knowledge imparted to students not only meets academic standards but also remains abreast of current industry practices and technological advancements.

Better still, the University teachers with practical expertise will serve as mentors, guiding students through the intricacies of hands-on applications, and providing valuable context that extends beyond textbook theories.

More so, a collaborative efforts among teachers specializing in different aspects of Career Technology, such as pre-technical skills and home economics, will create a dynamic educational atmosphere where diverse perspectives will enrich the overall learning experience.

In addition to their role in guiding students through practical lessons, recruited university teachers should actively contribute to the development and refinement of the curriculum. Their practical knowledge will position them as invaluable contributors to curriculum design, ensuring its alignment with industry standards and responsiveness to emerging trends.

This collaborative curriculum development process will not only enhance the quality of education but will also strengthen the correlation between academic learning and real-world applications as the standard based curriculum intends. Students will be ready to navigate the workforce with competence and innovation. This will consequently reduce financial pressure on their parents and guardians.


The integration of technical and vocational toolboxes in Junior High Schools is a pivotal step towards addressing the challenges faced in teaching Career Technology. By investing in these portable facilities and recruiting teachers for the development of practical skills in the specific areas, Ghana can foster a generation of students equipped with practical skills, ready to tackle the issues of higher dependency ratio.

The initiative will not only enhance effective implementation of the standard-based curriculum but will also contribute marginally to the broader goals of developing critical thinkers and problem solvers within our economy.

By Wisdom Koudjo Klu,


The views expressed in this article are the author’s own and do not necessarily reflect The Chronicle’s stance.


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