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Gov’t working to review tertiary programmes to suit job market – Education Minister

Education Minister, Dr Yaw Osei Adutwum, has revealed that his outfit is working together with the heads of tertiary institutions to phase out all irrelevant programmes.

According to him, there are programmes at the tertiary level which do not satisfy the demands of the job market.

Speaking at the 74th Annual New Year School at the University of Ghana, the sector minister explained that the programmes with no links to the job market accounts for the high rate of unemployment in the country.

He, therefore, reiterated government’s plans to make the situation better.

“So many students have enrolled in diploma in education. They’re being trained for jobs that do not exist. Thousands and thousands are graduating for jobs that do not exist … I’m fully aware and we’re engaging the Universities”, he said.

“I think we need to focus on courses that have relevance to that particular student and to the nation.

“We need to change course. Because unemployment invariably comes from the fact that we’re training the graduates for courses that don’t exist”, Dr Adutwum added.

The sentiments of the minister add to the calls for policymakers to make education more job-oriented.

Ghana’s rate of unemployment is increasing by the year, with many young graduates finding it difficult to land decent jobs.

The situation has led to thousands of unemployed youth, some of whom have become depressed due to their state of idleness.

Others have also been comepelled to abandon their certificates for menial jobs just to survive.

Due to the situation, young male graduates have resorted to sports betting to come by some cash to make ends meet.

Meanwhile, government maintains that it will be working around the clock to deal with the unemployment crisis.

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