Higher learning institutions tasked to develop labour market oriented curricula

September 30, 2021 By 0 Comments

Madam Justina Owusu-Banahene, Bono Regional Minister, has tasked institutions of higher learning in the country to collaborate with the business community and develop curricula that would churn out required products for the labour market.

“Many young people have been found to be gaining tertiary qualifications more than ever before, but young people are not gaining qualifications relevant to changing the labour market,” she stated.

Madam Owusu Banahene said this at the inauguration of the Bono Regional Youth Parliament of the National Youth Authority (NYA) in Sunyani.

The Minister observed that the mismatch of skills was contributing greatly to rising youth unemployment in the country, and that there was the need for stakeholders to take a critical look at the trend.

She said: “All levels of education ought to be smarter, and teach academic skills through internships and apprenticeships to help young people to acquire gainful employment.”

Madam Owusu-Banahene indicated that youth unemployment and under-employment remained daunting national developmental challenges, but added that the government had prioritised that to provide the youth with numerous opportunities for employment.

Some of the interventions of the government, she explained, were the introduction of the Nation Builders Corps (NaBCo) to provide jobs for the youth, and at the same time, helped them to acquire the necessary working experience; One District, One Factory (1D1F) to broaden employment opportunities for the youth, and the Planting for Food and Jobs (PfFJs) to make agriculture more attractive to young people.

Madam Owusu-Banahene identified agribusiness, entrepreneurship, apprenticeship, construction, tourism, and sports as key sectors that could offer increased employment opportunities for the Ghanaian youth.

The Regional Minister underlined the need for more investment in career guidance and counseling, work-based learning, coaching, and mentoring to equip young people with the relevant skills required for work.

The Bono Regional Director of the NYA, Hajia Fati Bamba, said the Youth Parliament offered an opportunity for the youth in the region, and the entire nation, to express their views and contribute to the national legislation and decision-making processes.

She advised the participants to shun partisan politics, and, instead, focus on issues that would push the development of the region forward.

The Youth Parliament is an initiative enshrined in the 2010 National Youth Policy of the NYA, and is aimed at providing the youth with an official platform, where they could learn how to express their views, give constructive criticisms, and, above all, participate effectively in the decision-making processes of various developmental issues at the local level.