Professor William Baah-Boateng, Head, Department of Economics, University of Ghana, has called for a paradigm shift from the orthodox school examination to training students to think and solve problems.
Prof. Baah-Boateng said the country had placed more emphasis on examination and certification to the neglect of the ability of students to be innovative and productive in the emerging competitive world of markets.
The Professor made the call in Accra at a National Youth Unemployment Dialogue
The forum was on the theme: ‘Addressing Youth Unemployment in Ghana: Strategies for Sustainability and Inclusivity’.
He said unemployment had remained a challenge in the country’s socio-economic space and a bane in African countries despite several conferences.
Prof. Baah-Boateng noted that the country’s educational curriculum must focus on the Science, Technology, Engineering
He said the STEM course helps students develop skills and create wealth, and expressed concern about the low patronage in offering such programmes.
He urged authorities to conduct thorough research to know the number of unemployed graduates in a specific field to serve as a guideline in addressing the problem.
Prof. Baah-Boateng stated that unemployment becomes a political and security issue when
“Politicians often use the issue of unemployment as a campaign tool to come to power only to find out that the issue is more than what they anticipated”, he added.
The Professor stated
Touching on the reasons for unemployment, Prof. Baah-Boateng attributed slower response of employment to economic growth, explaining that on average, a one
He said employment generation in the country mostly occurred in the informal sector, where earnings were low and dominated by women.
“The country is faced with low quality of
He urged government to focus on manufacturing, agriculture and the tourism sectors to transform the country’s economic growth and create employment for the teeming youth.
She said the Authority with the mandate to empower the youth, would
Mr Yusif Mustapher, the Executive Director, National Service Scheme, said the scheme had developed new modules including poultry production and posting of personnel to their own businesses.
He said the Service had engaged with