International Journal of
Educational Administration and Policy Studies

  • Abbreviation: Int. J. Educ. Admin. Pol. Stud.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 2141-6656
  • DOI: 10.5897/IJEAPS
  • Start Year: 2009
  • Published Articles: 226

Full Length Research Paper

Technical-vocational education and language policy in Ghana

James Nsoh Adogpa
  • James Nsoh Adogpa
  • University of Education, Winneba COLTEK P. O. Box 1277 Kumasi, Ghana
  • Google Scholar

  •  Received: 06 April 2014
  •  Accepted: 18 February 2015
  •  Published: 28 February 2015


Technical and vocational graduates in Ghana are often ill-equipped to become self-reliant or well-fitted into the demands of the job market. This pattern can be examined in terms of the educational language policy implementation that disregards regional linguistic needs. This seems to arise as a result of the medium of instruction that is implemented in wholesale. This paper illustrates the need for the adoption of predominant regional Ghanaian languages to be used as medium of instruction in our various technical and vocational institutions in Ghana to enable learners grasp the desired skills and concepts that are relevant to preparing graduates of technical and vocational institutions for the job market. Such changes would better facilitate the technological and national advancement that we need.

Key words: Language policy, medium of instruction, technical and vocational education and training, desirable skills, workforce development, economic development.