The latest Human Capital Index (HCI) report by the World Bank has revealed that about 56 per cent of Ghana’s human capital will go waste in the next 18 years because, of the poor quality of the country’s education system.
I am not surprised and it is already going waste because, after parents toiling so hard to pay so much fees to enroll their wards in school, they end up being at home after graduation. Unemployment association, is becoming a serious threat because, they are not different from the vigilante groups.
Most of those who are also employed find themselves in wrong industries meaning their field of study is different from their field of work.
Someone will study journalism in school and would end up in the bank because, the person has protocol there. How then would such a person work effectively to increase productivity?
This must stop! We must work with qualification and experience, else the country would continue to suffer and our natural resources would go to waste.
The report made a stunning revelation that only 44 per cent of children born in the country today will become productive when they grow up.
The report should be a wake-up call to our leaders. They should stop the partisan politics and adopt and stick to national policies which will regulate the educational system.
They should refrain from the attitude where government comes to power and changes policies made by the previous government.
Our system educates individuals to use their pens to steal huge amounts of money from public purse. Our system should rather educate us to build our nation to be great and strong.
Our education system must be more practical and always have a relation with the job market.
There is poor quality of education because of inadequate investment in the sector. One can travel to some of the rural areas across the country, and you would marvel how some Ghanaians struggle to learn.
There are no books, desks, inadequate logistics to enhance teaching and learning as well as poor motivation for teachers in the rural areas.
Some of the leaders think Ghana is Accra, therefore if things are going well with students in Accra, then all is well with the system, so do not bother to visit the villages to know what is going on.
But, the reality is that some children do not go to school at all, others go to school but do not complete, while others are underweight and cannot fully attain their potentials.
Quality Education must be Priority
Now that government has made education accessible, we need to put in place policies that will promote quality education.
Among all the natural resources, Ghana is still struggling to develop due to the huge deficit of human resources. This is why many industries are struggling to survive and some have collapsed.
In order for us reverse the trend, the country has to invest in its human resource by giving the right education to students which brings their innovation and creativity.
Government should bring out policies to improve supervision of teachers, effective monitoring and evaluation of teachers’ performance and adequate financing of basic education.
Government should increase exchange programmes where students would get the opportunity to learn from other countries so they apply it in Ghana.
When we promote quality education, it will translate into high capacity to support sustainable national development.
We need a national Educational Policy!
Mr Louis Owusu