The Moderator of the Presbyterian Church of Ghana, Reverend Professor Joseph Obiri Yeboah Mante says an increase in the level of unemployment situation in Ghana suggests a huge deficit in the tertiary education system.
On Thursday, thousands of unemployed youth thronged the Accra International Conference Centre in a bid to secure jobs during the Youth Employment Agency two day job fair.
Speaking at the 11th Congregation of the Accra Business School, Professor Yeboah Mante called for swift educational reforms to address the teeming youth unemployment situation.
“It would appear to me that we have become a country of complainers. People who finish school and go and sit there and enjoy graduates unemployed association and I say that when that happens it shows that there is a big deficit in university education. It will seem to me that, what you have as leverage is something the university must learn to create entrepreneurship, to create innovation, to teach people how to get to create jobs that kind of thinking. I have looked at every country around world with the exception of the pure socialist country. In every country around the world it is not just for the government to create jobs, what government does is government provides the enabling environment for jobs to be created and if you don’t have people whose mind are well trained for these things to happen then the country has problems. And it will seem to me that we will need to change the way education is done in this country. ”
Chairman of the governing council of the Accra business school, Professor Kwame Omani Antwi appealed to the government to priorities digital learning. ” Private universities are not endowed. They don’t have any government plant, they don’t get any kind of support as such. So if we want them to succeed expecially in this online education the government can support through maybe the GET FUND or some other means to get the right ICT architecture put in place in the various private universities. The Wi-Fi connectivity and the program that they are doing it should be included.
The Accra business school which is an affiliate of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology had it 11th congregation on Saturday, 11th September, where 227 graduates where presented with degree and masters certificates.