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Ghana’s Education system is inadequate to prepare students for employment

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Dr. Ekwow Spio-Garbrah, Chairman of the African Business Center for Developing Education (ABCDE), has criticised Ghana’s educational system, stating that it is inadequate in preparing the youth for employment.

The former Minister of Education expressed his belief that, if given the opportunity to return to school, he would choose different courses and subjects compared to what he studied.

He recounted a past experience from 20 years ago when he suggested that Apostle Kwadwo Safo should be included as a member of the University of Science and Technology council. He believed that Apostle Safo’s expertise could benefit the university by offering practical advice on courses and subjects that would make students more employable. However, his proposal was met with resistance by the then-vice chancellor, who is now deceased.

The vice chancellor’s response at that time was that the university’s primary focus was to teach students how things work, not how to manufacture items.

This perspective, according to Dr. Spio-Garbrah, stems from the influence of Ghana’s colonial masters, who aimed to keep the colonised population from becoming competitors in manufacturing. This colonial legacy continues to impact the country’s educational system today.

Dr. Spio-Garbrah shared these views during an interview on Accra-based TV XYZ.


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