Professor Gabriel Teye, Vice-Chancellor of the University for Development Studies (UDS), has partly blamed the country’s increasing unemployment rate on the graduates.
He stressed that the depraved and lackadaisical attitude of some graduates towards their official duties have contributed largely to the collapse of many companies that could have been offering jobs for many.
Prof Teye, who said this at the 22nd Annual Delegate Congress of the Graduate Students Association of Ghana (GRASAG) in Tamale at the weekend, said it was regrettable that after gaining employment, many graduates fail to work hard to improve the fortunes of their companies.
Rather, he said, such workers clamour for high salaries and allowances that eventually lead to the collapse of organisations.
“Some of the employed graduates are simply not interested in the work but rather looking for huge salary and other benefits,” he stressed.
The Vice- Chancellor could not understand why companies and factories which were doing well under the leadership of non-graduates were now performing poorly under the management of graduates.
Prof. Teye cited Ghana Airways, Ghana Cotton Company and Tamale Rice Factory which were doing very well in the hands of non-graduates, but have all flopped under the management of graduates.
He warned that all the efforts to address graduate unemployment in the country would remain a mirage if the graduates failed to change their attitude towards public work.
In addition, he said the academia have not helped much in addressing the problem, adding that “some experts, in an attempt to solve the problem of graduate employment have chosen the path of blame game and done very little in solving the canker,” he stated.
According to him, “our ability to correctly diagnose this canker will direct us to the solution of bridging the gap between education and employment in the country.”
The Vice-Chancellor stated that the high rate of graduate unemployment in the country should be of paramount concern to all stakeholders, and not government alone.
He, therefore, advocated a strong partnership and collaboration between the industry and educational institutions to fashion programmes to help reduce the unemployment rate.
“Industry and education need to become strong partners, working together effectively to help us achieve rapid and sustainable national development,” he said.
Prof. Teye further urged the government to support industry to grow in order to absorb the huge numbers that are churned out from the universities.
“If the jobs are not there, there is no way the person can be employed,” the Vice-Chancellor added.
Vo-Na Abukari Bawa, a member of the Council of State, who chaired the occasion, challenged the universities to initiate programmes that would produce graduates who would meet the demands of the job market.
He also impressed upon the graduates to use their knowledge acquired to establish entrepreneurial businesses for themselves.
From Yakubu Abdul-Majeed, Tamale.