Dealing with unemployment canker

UNEMPLOYMENT has been the bane of many developed and developing countries and Ghana is no exception.

IN Ghana, the problem reached worrying proportions when a few years ago, we heard for the first time, an association of graduate unemployed.

IT is worrying that after investing life-long savings in educating our young ones, the dividends of our investments are allowed to go to waste or put on hold because we do not have any plan or policy in place to immediately absorb the rich talents of the young graduates or school leavers.

IT is a common feature now to see fresh graduates combing public and private institutions for jobs which are sometimes non-existent.

HOW can we as a country not have a policy to draw on the talents of these young individuals who have just left the walls of our tertiary institutions?

AT the time university education came to Ghana, with the founding of the University of Ghana in 1948, the idea, we believe was to create a ready pool of talents to run our Civil Service, other public institutions as well as private organisations.  The market was ready and graduates did not find it too difficult to enroll in jobs.

OVER the years, there have been calls on industry to play critical role in creating avenues to help absorb graduates.  Many also consistently argue that our Universities should concentrate on entrepreneurial training so our graduates do not have to necessarily depend on employment in the formal sectors.

SINCE studies to track unemployed graduates in Ghana have not been consistent, TODAY   wants to call on government to conduct research on the human resource needs of the country, and tailor Ghana’s educational policy towards addressing the findings.

THROUGH this survey, Today believes that national skill requirements could be estimated for the next 10 to 20 years in the various sectors.

HOWEVER, this should not also prevent our educational institutions from restructuring and repackaging their academic programmes to reflect the needs of the students they train and the society for which they are trained.

FOR instance, of what use is an educational training that denies its participants the ability to function properly in society and to contribute meaningfully to the growth of that society? Tertiary institutions should be supported to produce graduates whose skills and competencies are of relevance to the advancement of the country.

FOR this reason, Today thinks that the content of the courses that are taught in our universities, polytechnics and other institutions of higher learning should be redesigned to enable fresh graduates to set their own enterprises without having to go on job hunting.

THIS way, we are more likely to produce graduates who will have the ability to provide solutions for societal problems and hence, create employment for themselves.

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