GHANA’S INSTITUTIONS OF HIGHER LEARNING URGED TO PRODUCE MANPOWER NEEDED

TAKORADI, GHANA, Ghana’s Education Minister, Dr Matthew Opoku Prempeh, has called on the country’s institutions of higher learning to produce the manpower needed by the country to propel the economy to higher growth and productivity.

“Our quest as a nation to develop firmly rests on the performance of our educational institutions and government is impressed that you are producing graduates through a blend of competency and industrial training,” he said at the first congregation of the Takoradi Technical University (TTU) at this capital of Western Region (Province), over the weekend.

The university successfully turned out a total of 2,940 grauduands of whom 91 received Bachelor of Technology degrees, 2,435 received HNDs , while 114 Civil Engineering grauduands received HND competency-based training certificates from the National Board for Professional and Technician Examination.

A total of 258 were awarded non-tertiary certificates and 42 received chartered institute of logistics and Transport certificates.

Speaking on the theme “Consolidating Industrial Growth in Ghana: The Role of Technical University Education”, Dr Prempeh said the government was committed to placing emphasis on the continuous linkage of academia with industry and the world of work to ensure curriculum relevance to promote employment and self-reliance as well as reducing unemployment.

He mentioned that the collaboration between universities and industries was critical for skills development, innovation and technology transfer and the promotion of entrepreneurship.

“With the conversion of the polytechnics into technical universities, the government will re-activate the original aim of linking Technical and Vocational Institutions to the universities to be at the forefront in providing the technical workforce for the ‘One district, one factory’ programme,” he added.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK