The education minister revealed that students taking visual arts courses at the graduate institution can continue to do engineering in higher education if they wish.
Dr Yaw Adutwum added that the government is working closely with the Ghana Higher Education Commission to enable visual arts students to pursue a course and a career in engineering.
He explained that engineering requires creativity and that obstacles should not be placed in the path of visual arts students who possess such a quality.
“This year, for the first time in the history of this country, our visual arts students will have the opportunity to become engineers. And engineers don’t have to think they’re going to destroy their craft.
“I don’t think we can do engineering very well if we don’t have creative people in the middle of it. I’m not saying lower standards; they will come in to pre-engineer and take the same physics and chemistry classes you expect from everyone else. And once they’ve done that, why should we put barriers in their path? “
According to the member for Bosomtwe, he does not understand why a country in need of such technical skills will continue to limit the access of people seeking to enroll in such programs.
“I don’t understand why, as a nation where we need essential skills for transformation, we are the ones putting obstacles in the way of determined youth. “
For him, students who practice the visual arts should not be limited to the arts or menial work but should be able to dream of achieving the highest goals in their life.
“A 14-year-old makes a decision, or sometimes school even pushes him to do visual arts, and then we tell him with a straight face that it’s the end of you.
“Last year 83,000 students did visual arts and the only thing they can do is take a bachelor’s degree in art, draw something or open a shop down the street, we tell them we don’t have them. never allowed to change your mind.
“And if this kid wants to do engineering, we have to give him a chance; if they don’t prove themselves, it’s not your fault.