President John Dramani Mahama has called on tertiary institutions in Ghana to double up their efforts to produce marketable people that meet the needs of industries.
According to the incumbent president, most universities in Ghana let students focus on "saturated courses" like humanities which provide less hands-on experience as technical courses would provide.
He was speaking at the NCCE Presidential Debate organized by the state broadcaster, GBC, in collaboration with the National Commission for Civic Education on Wednesday evening.
The moderator for the evening's encounter had quizzed the National Democratic Congress' presidential candidate on whether the current educational system is preparing people that meet the challenges of industries and national development.
"…businesses and industries are asking for new skills but the institution are not turning fast enough to produce what the industry needs… innovative, practical, hands on people," Mahama replied.
He was, however, quick to note how the NDC government was indeed putting in measures to ensure a reform of the educational structures that Ghana had inherited from her colonial masters. “We will continue to carry on the reforms,” he said, conceding that “more work has to be done but we are making progress”.
He cited the government's conversion of polytechnic institutions into universities as one of the reforms his party has put in place to solve the disparity between what the industry needs and what is being produced by the institutions.
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