Lead researcher and a Senior Economist with the World Bank, Sara Johansson, during the launch of the report has thus called on government to put in place the needed policies to bolster unemployment in the country.
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“Ghana has been able to increase access to education now the issue is how to go to the next dimension and ensure that, that is quality education. Because the skills you have at the end of secondary education, it’s not maybe such a big problem if you don’t have a labor market relevant skill then you need to be able to acquire it.For that you need to have basic skills. So the question is have you learnt that in school and I think this is the issue that Ghana needs to be looking out now; so how can we make sure that people are prepared to learn more because what you learn in school is how you learn better. If you can’t read very well and not used to learning situation, you are not going to be able to pick up job technical skills either,” she stated.
The report by the World Bank clearly contradicts earlier reports by government over the creation of over 600,000 jobs in the past 4 years. Meanwhile government is yet to make a formal response to this very report made public by the Breton Woods Institution.