A dialogue on tertiary education has ended in Accra with a call for a comprehensive national policy on tertiary education which will spell out the national vision and plan for the country.
A statement issued by participants after the dialogue said there was the need for a comprehensive national policy on tertiary education, considering the fact that Ghana had experienced an increase in access to tertiary education.
The dialogue, which was organised by the Ministry of Education and the National Council for Tertiary Education (NCTE), Ghana, in partnership with TrustAfrica, Senegal, was aimed at building a national multi-stakeholders’ platform for the transformation of tertiary education in Ghana.
Leading personalities in the field of education contributed to the dialogue. They include: Professor Naana Jane Opoku-Agyemang, Minister of Education; Prof. Clifford N.B. Tagoe, Chairman of the National Council for Tertiary Education and a former Vice-Chancellor, University of Ghana; and Dr Omano Edigheji, Consultant/Adviser, Africa’s Higher Education Dialogues, TrustAfrica, Senegal.
The statement said the vision and plan for tertiary education must be formulated and agreed upon by key stakeholders, including relevant government ministries, departments and agencies, regulatory bodies, tertiary institutions, industries, think tanks, national research councils, professional bodies and civil society groups.
It argued that a national plan for tertiary education should promote research and innovation and provide for a diversified and differentiated mix of institutions with a clear mandate, characterised by robust and relevant focus on knowledge production.
On graduate unemployment, the participants acknowledged that part of the problem was due to the inability of the economy to absorb the graduates, and also due to some factors relating to the higher educational sector.
It was resolved that the government should articulate and promote an industrial policy that would lead to the diversification of the economy which should, among other things, promote a vibrant manufacturing sector.
SOURCE: DAILY GRAPHIC
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