Education minister announces plans of converting JHS and SHS certificates into diplomas

Education minister announces plans of converting JHS and SHS certificates into diplomas

- Education minister, Dr. Matthew Opoku Prempeh, has stated that JHS and SHS certificates will soon be converted into diplomas

- This, he said, will help prepare such graduates for the world of work

- He added that there is a need to make Ghanaian students technology-savvy, so that they can compete with students from other countries

The minister of education, Dr. Matthew Opoku Prempeh, has announced plans of converting some educational certificates into diplomas.

According to a report by Citifmonline.com, he stated that Junior and Senior High School certificates would become National Diplomas and National Higher Diplomas respectively.

Explaining the rationale behind the decision, he said that this would give graduates the opportunity to work right after school.

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Speaking at the 2019 Danquah Institute Leadership lecture under the theme: “World Class Education and Imperative for the Next Generation of Leaders,” he added that it would be unfair for young people in the country to be forced to complete university education before being eligible for employment in the country.

He noted that such an upgrade for their qualification would make the graduates more relevant and not having to necessarily obtain university education to be qualified for employment in the country.

“The curriculum that will appear for the Junior High School (JHS0 will lead to a National Higher Diploma, and when you finish Senior High School (SHS), you get a National Diploma.

It is not everybody who must go to the university straight, but we must prepare our kids for the world of work,” he emphasized.

Dr. Prempeh further advocated for adequate training for Ghanaian students to make them technologically savvy.

He said such a trait would make Ghanaian graduates compete favourably with their counterparts from other parts of the world.

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