Minister wants new graduates to set up businesses
Ms Adwoa Ntoso, the Eastern Regional Minister, has appealed to tertiary institutions to review their curriculum to train students to set up their own businesses.
She said this could help reduce the pressure on government to provide employment to the ever increasing population of unemployed youth.
The Eastern Regional Minister was speaking at the 50th anniversary celebration of Suhum Senior High Technical School at Suhum on Saturday.
The anniversary, which was under the theme, “enhancing quality human capital through secondary technical education,” was attended by people from all walks of life including past and present students.
She said technical education played an important role in the development of the country through the production of competent artisans to speed up industrial growth but added that it was regrettable that the number of technical institutions was inadequate.
Professor Victor Patrick Yao Gadzekpo, an old student, said over the years, technical education had been relegated to the background hence the continuous importation of everything including simple devices such as screws, bolts, nuts and other engine parts.
Prof Gadzekpo called for good educational policies, availability of adequate technical institutions, quality technical instructors, flexible educational system, good funding and a body to regulate technical institutions in terms of quality and standards.
Prof. Gadzekpo said technical education should be made available to both male and female students.
The Headmaster of the School, Mr Kwabena Kwakye Yeboah, said the school had chalked numerous successes in both academic and sports over the years making it one of the most attractive schools in the country.
Mr Yeboah said the school was faced with many challenges including construction of access road, lack of assembly hall and limited space at the library in the face of increasing numbers of students and appealed to the government and philanthropists to help.