I could forgive whoever made the prediction in quote, if the person was not the Vice Chancellor of Ghana’s premier university. But having come from such an important member of the academia and from one who is part of those who plan university intakes, this sour statement of prophecy compels me to question the competence of our university authorities and all other Ghanaians who play various parts in the planning of higher education in Ghana.
The funniest bit of Professor Aryeetey’s prediction is his passing of blame on others, rather than putting the blame on people like himself. This celebrated member of the “brains of Ghana” is reported to have said: “There are two sides to the problem, we supply labour, somebody has to demand the labour. You are not going to deal with the problem by looking only at the supply side, the supply side is what we (the universities) deal with; somebody else has to concern himself or herself with the demand side, and it includes not just the government, (but) also the private sector.”
Why produce and supply something for which there is no demand, Professor Aryeetey? Unemployed graduates in Ghana could be spared the wasting of their money and time, if university authorities and the ministry of education could plan the supply side of education such that the numbers of those who emerge from the various fields of higher education and other levels of learning closely tally with the numbers of staffing needs of various employers, including the government and the private sectors. If University CEOs can be so abysmally disappointing, where is the hope for mother Ghana?
Source: Otchere Darko; [Personal Political Views].
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Source: Otchere Darko
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