The Minister of Education, Yaw Osei Adutwum, says that some public universities in Ghana are running courses that produce unemployable graduates.
According to him, thousands are graduating from Ghanaian universities and looking for non-existent jobs.
Dr Adutwum said his ministry is engaging universities to focus on courses that have relevance to the nation as well as graduates.
“If you look at distance learning programmes across the length and breadth of this country, especially championed by the University of Cape Coast, so many students have been enrolled in Diploma in Education. They are being trained for jobs that do not exist,” Dr Adutwum said, speaking at the ongoing Annual New Year School at the University of Ghana, Legon.
“Thousands and thousands are graduating for jobs that do not exist.
“So, we had a conversation with them [the universities]. One favourite course that I always cite is what is called sanitation education, but there is no course in sanitation to be taught. Development education – development education for what? UDS – development studies undergraduate programme, for what job?”
“So, yes, I am fully aware and we are engaging the universities. I think we need to focus on courses that have relevance to that particular student and to the nation.”
He added that there was a Bachelor of Arts in Education course at a university that is supposed to prepare students for a “non-existent teaching job”.
Dr Adutwum said because of limited guidance and counselling at public universities, many students cannot turn down such courses when they are offered to them.
He argued that Ghana’s unemployment situation can also be linked to universities’ training of graduates for jobs that do not exist in the country.