Rev. Gilbert Apreala, (2nd Right) with some of the students
REV. GILBERT Apreala, founder and leader of the Image of God Church and the Managing Director of Light and Glory Worldwide (NGO), has tasked policy makers within the educational sector to adjust the curriculums to ensure that tertiary institutions churn out graduates who will fit into industry.
He made this call at the first Foreign Student’s Association (FSA) congress held at the Zenith University College in Accra over the weekend.
According to him, technology is growing fast and improving every now and then and cannot leave room for graduates who went through obsolete courses that make them irrelevant to industry.
The result, he said, is leading to the high unemployment rate among the African youth.
‘In today’s world, it is more about how ready one is to work than just acquiring a degree when you cannot function in a work situation, and anyone who finds himself in this situation becomes a liability instead of being productive to support the economy’.
Rev. Apreala, observed that industry players are always trying to cut cost of production using the cheapest labour and remain competitive ‘so if the graduate quality does not meet the employers standard then there is trouble’
He therefore stressed the need for academia to infuse into the curricula all the practical ingredients that industry needs in order to make the graduates employable after their studies.
He charged also the various student bodies to take up the fight by establishing a relationship between industry and academia.
He tasked the students to organise annual business conventions that will provide common platforms for educationists, industrialists, entrepreneurs, financial gurus to share practical knowledge.
Mr. Paa Quecy Adu, who doubles as Head of Protocol for All African Student Union (AASU) and NUGS president, suggested to the African educational authorities to change their entire curricula.
‘Truly what we are taught right from the basic schools are not having any current practical effect on us since the curricula are stocked with old stuff that has no relevance for the youth of today. Hence there is the need to change the contents,’ he stressed.
He questioned why the traditional universities were not focusing on their core mandates. ‘Why should KNUST be introducing courses like law and the like instead of developing the sciences for industry?’
He encouraged his colleagues to do more in bridging the gap between academia and industry and stop wasting time on politics.
Mercy Akanazu emerged as the President, Robert Pokolo Brown, Vice President and Jean Michel Hounga, Director of Operations of FSA.
By Emmanuel Kubi
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