Youth Unemployment: Education Minister Laments Thousands Are Graduating For Jobs That Don’t Exist

Youth Unemployment: Education Minister Laments Thousands Are Graduating For Jobs That Don’t Exist

  • The minister of education is lamenting the high rate of graduate unemployment in the country
  • Dr Yaw Osei Adutwum says this can be attributed to the nature of courses being offered by tertiary institutions
  • He adds that most of the courses do not meet the demands of industry and the job market

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Dr Yaw Osei Adutwum, the minister of education is lamenting the high rate of youth unemployment.

According to him, this is due to the type of programs that the nation's tertiary institutions are providing.

The Education Minister, Dr Yaw Osei Adutwum is lamenting the high youth unemployment situation in the country saying thousands are graduating for jobs that don't exist
Education Minister, Dr Yaw Osei Adutwum Image Credit: @yawoseiadutwum
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Education Minister Laments Courses Being Taught In Universities Do Not Result In Job-Creation

Speaking to an audience at the University of Ghana's New Year School, Dr. Adutwum lamented the fact that a number of ongoing programs do not result in the creation of new jobs.

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Even while some of the courses are legitimately recognized, he also pointed out that they don't always suit the needs of business and the labour market.

“So many students have enrolled in a diploma in education. They’re being trained for jobs that do not exist. Thousands and thousands are graduating for jobs that do not exist … I think we need to focus on courses that have relevance to that particular student and to the nation”, he said.

In order to close the gap between industry and academia, he also demanded an immediate revision of the nation's tertiary programs.

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He said the curriculum needs to be changed because the high level of unemployment stems from the fact that universities are training the graduates in courses for which there are no jobs.

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The Minister's thoughts support the calls for policymakers who are demanding the upgrade of education in the country to make it more career-focused.

As more new graduates struggle to find suitable jobs after years of education, Ghana's unemployment rate rises yearly.

Some netizens have also taken to social media to share their perspectives on the move by the Minister, some of which have been compiled by

Isaac Adjei

Indeed Ghana is blessed to have a generational thinker as our educational minister.

Oduro Paul

The man of the moment. Jah guide doctor

Odeneho Akwasi Nkansah

Keep up the good work.... Kudos to you Dr. Yaw Osei Adutwum

PCG , Peniel Congregation - Esreso

Proud we have you

Teacher Aboagye

Thank you boss. Great job

Getting A Job With A First Class Honours Degree Is Now Difficult In Ghana: Graduate Shares Story

Earlier, reported that a young Ghanaian lady, Theresa Adusei who graduated from the University Of Ghana with first-class honours had searched in vain for a decent job.

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Despite that feat in her academic journey, she suffered the plight several Ghanaian youths face i.e. unemployment.

Theresa narrated how difficult it was to get a job and how her first-class degree didn't secure her a white colour job.

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