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Ghana's Minister of Education on Wednesday called on tertiary education authorities to attach greater importance to the skill sets acquired by graduates and the prospects for their employment.

"The country has invested tremendous resources in tertiary education over the years and we expect to see the investments turn into new knowledge, innovations and skill acquisition," Jane Naana Opoku-Agyemang told participants at a national summit on tertiary education in Ghana.

The three-day summit has offered an opportunity for stakeholders to make recommendations to inform a draft national vision and plan for tertiary education in Ghana.

Prof. Opoku-Agyemang said Ghana had commenced the process to convert 10 polytechnics into technical universities to strengthen advanced vocational and technical education.

She said the technical universities would train and equip specialists with high level technical skills in engineering, science and technology and promote technology adaptation and innovation in support of local enterprises.

GHANA ALSO REQUIRES A FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT REVOLUTION
IN TERTIARY EDUCATION THAT ADDRESSES EFFICIENCY AND EFFECTIVENESS

ACCRA (Xinhua) -- Ghana’s minister of education here on Wednesday called for a more sustainable funding mechanism for tertiary education that caters for research and the needs of financially distressed students.

Professor Jane Naana Opoku-Agyemang, while addressing a National Dialogue on Tertiary Education in Ghana, said the situation where the cost of education was skyrocketing uncontrollably was a matter of concern to the government and sponsors.

“We do not only require more diversified innovative means of financing tertiary education but we also require a financial management revolution in tertiary education that addresses efficiency and effectiveness,” she stated.

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