The National Summit on Tertiary Education and Enterprise Development organized by the Ministry of Education in collaboration with Ministry of Business Development is underway in Koforidua ,Eastern Regional Capital.
The multi-stakeholder summit being participated by key players in industries,the academia, expert in entrepreneurship ,small business owners,bankers ,foreign experts among others will help X-ray the current and future human resource needs of the country and examine world best practices to guide job creation .
Also participants will discuss tenets of the curricula of Tertiary Education institutions in the context of the objectives of the National Development Framework,asses the alignment between demands of industry and tertiary Institutions and develop a National Strategy and shared national vision on graduate unemployment and entrepreneurship development.
Finally, the summit will develop action plan to effectively improve the skills and knowledge of graduates to meet industrial demand and become entrepreneurs which will be presented to the government in the form of a communique’.
Opening the Summit Wednesday ,the Minister of State in Charge of Tertiary Education Prof.Kwasi Yankah said the move is part of holistic measures being taken by government to address the alarming rate of graduate unemployment in the Country in addition to many interventions being rolled out.
He hinted that, the Ministry of Education will from henceforth make it compulsory for every tertiary institution particularly those seeking accreditation to have a career office which will provide career counselling to students and link the institution to industries.
The Minister of Employment and Labour Relation,Ignatius Baffuor Awuah partly blamed the high rate of graduate unemployment to the many humanity and banking related courses patronized in Ghanaian Tertiary institutions .
On his part, the President of National Union of Ghana Students(NUGS), Richmond Tinkaro Asare, believes shift of curricula towards science and engineering will help reduce graduate unemployment rate.
The summit is expected to be closed by President Nana Akufo Addo on Friday March 15,2019. – Kojo Ansah