Gov’t. urged to check graduate unemployment

Prof. Asabere-AmeyawVICE Chancellor of the University of Education Winneba (UEW), Prof. Akwasi Asabere-Ameyaw, has urged government to address the high spate of graduate unemployment in the country.

Speaking at the 19th Congregation of the College of Technology Education (COLTEK) of the UEW on Wednesday where a total 2, 521graduates were conferred with various honourrs, Prof Asabere-Ameyaw indicated that the situation was a looming disaster.

“Every year, our institutions of higher learning turn out thousands of graduates some of whom roam our streets without finding jobs. This is an explosive situation that needs to be addressed.

“I am, therefore, making a passionate appeal to the government to address the unemployment situation in our country,” he said.

Prof. Asabere-Ameyaw bemoaned the dwindling financial support from both governmental and other external partners, and called for more cooperation and assistance from its partners.

“In 2012/2013 academic year, donor support to the University was over 1million dollars, but in 2013/2014, it reduced to 727, 240 dollars, a reduction of about 32 per cent,” he said.

Joseph Yamin, Deputy Ashanti Regional Minister, who was the guest of honour, said government was committed to upgrade educational infrastructure in the country.

He tasked the universities to tailor their programmes to give entrepreneurial skills to students so that they could set up their own businesses after school.

“While assuring you of the continuous support of government, I would like to urge the universities to review their training programmes and evolve new courses that will equip students with entrepreneurial skills so that they can set up their own businesses and also create employment opportunities for others,” he said.

From Gideon Botwe, Kumasi

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