Gov’t Urged To Link Education To Ghana’s Economic Needs

The Ranking Member on the Education Committee in Parliament, Peter Nortsu-Kotoe says government needs to modify the country’s education system to meet the economic needs required to develop Ghana.

The Akatsi North Member of Parliament (MP) was speaking to Neil-Armstrong Mortagbe on the Morning Xpress in relation to how well Ghana’s educational system identifies talents, diverse learning styles and Potentials, and apply them to the development of pupils.

In his submissions, the former GES Assistant Director noted government has done a lot to improve vocational and technical education but added authorities have failed to “Identify the needs of the country and the economy” and match it to what is being taught in schools.

He said “we have not done enough” to link education to the relevant areas of the economy to deal with the heightening unemployment situation in the country.

The Educationist said the previous government upgraded some Polytechnics into Technical Universities to make way for the development of technology and manpower to drive the country to the attainment of the skills needed to develop the country, stressing that is the way education can have impact on the economy.

Advising government to ensure that the “Technical Universities stick to their core mandate” and help develop minds to fill the industries in the country, he urged authorities to also invest into the training of students in those institutions.

“They [government] need to pay attention to our vocational training institutions so that we can train people to develop the skills that we need [in] technology, in agriculture or in industries,” he said.

To him, apart from basic education, vocational and Technical education are the areas that need attention from government because their tendency to creating employment that speeds up the growth of the country is high.

He said expanding the informal sector through vocation training is the reason the Mahama- led administration upgraded the Polytechnics so as to compete favorably to with traditional universities for more people and make them ready for the job market unlike the traditional universities.

Mr Nortsu-Kotoe said the provision of the needed facilities for institutions that train people in vocation is key to strengthening skills for nation building.

He further advocated for Stakeholder conference or engagement that will aim at getting ideas from experts in the technical and vocational field to maximize and make Ghana’s education relevant to advancing the economy.

 

Source: Ghana/myxyzonline.com/Morning Xpress