President of Imani Africa, Mr. Franklin Cudjoe has entreated Tertiary Institutions to focus more on skilled and semi-skilled education to reduce the dominated nature of grammar based related courses in various institutions in the country.
He explained that if the country wants to improve the industry sector it should focus on promoting education of skilled and semi-skilled labor in technical education.
Speaking on Radio Univers’ Campus Exclusive, Mr. Cudjoe added that there is a need for tertiary institutions to produce critical middle level man power to improve the chance of the country in attaining development.
There is a preponderance to focus a lot more on skilled, semi-skilled type of education. What the country needs most is critical middle level man power,unfortunately our tertiary sector is dominated by a lot of grammar related courses, a lot of market and finance related courses without any deliberate attempt to ensure thatthe critical sector has the focus on Technical education’’. He said
He is of the view that affixation of titles and fixation on forms rather than structure has left the country with an education policy that is bereft of critical middle level man power.
Conversion of Polytechnics to Technical Universities have yielded no results
He said the upgrade of Polytechnics to technical universities will not yield anything significant.
He cited a critical example of a likewise decision taken by the UK which made them lost skilled man power to Eastern Europe.
’…the UK lost critical skilled based man power to Eastern Europe and the British learnt painfully from it and had to reverse it.”
He said Education authorities have made it seem as if students who gain admission to Technical institutions are those who are poor and have performed abysmally in their exams.
It is not necessarily a smart idea that a developing country that should focus more on getting greater outcome from education is just interested in the forms or the showy nature of our tertiary outcome. Education Authorities have made it seem as if only the poor and those who do not perform well in exams get into the institution.
Implementation of Free SHS untimely
Mr. Franklin cudjoe further expressed his view on the untimely implementation of the free SHS policy saying the country as it struggles to attain development status does not need the policy.
He opined that the government should rather focus on improving Technical Education which has been neglected over the years.
…all this noise about free SHS is a complete waste of everybody’s time. You are just building an army corps of people who will be quite worthless when it comes to global comparison.
If you really want to make something free for people and build an industrialization economy, why don’t you focus your intervention on building Technical Education sector which has been abandoned?’’. He said
Mr. Cudjoe further suggested that there is a need to restructure the Education System and focus on practical oriented programs.
According to him the Ghana Education Service is not delivering a better service enough hence should be disorganized. He is of the view that the GES should be able to bring to knowledge about the consequences of decisions by political leaders in the country.
If I were running education I will first of all shut down Ghana Education Service, I don’t think they are delivering any proper quality but they have this sectorial analysis they do every year and nothing changes.
The best thing to do is to reorder the whole education system and focus on practical oriented programs.
Story by: Promise Zorve/universnewsroom.com