Award winning television presenter Nana Aba Anamoah yesterday criticized the teaching methods in a lot of educational institutions in Ghana saying that the focus was on acquiring knowledge rather than molding students into becoming productive people. She said that the unnecessary emphasis on certificates and brands of educational institutions, rather than on the potential and aspirations of the students, is misleading the youth. She added that tertiary education was not compulsory for everyone; especially if one’s profession or trade did not necessarily require high education or training. She stated this in a live public video on social media from her home in Accra. Nana Aba Anamoah’s statement has been considered timely by many social media fans in the wake of unemployment among the youth in Ghana.
Getting a certificate even from a respected university is no longer a guarantee in getting a job in Ghana despite efforts by the Government to accommodate the growing number of graduates local universities churn out every year. The 2019 Overall ‘Best TV Personality’ of the Year adjudged by the Radio and Television Personalities Awards Nana Aba Anamoah, blamed a lot of tertiary institutions for failing to empower students through appropriate counselling and guidance. She said too much attention was given to the certificate. “I think in this country, we place too much emphasis on education. Sometimes you are judged based on the number of degrees or certificates you have. It is not written anywhere that everyone must attend university. There are people who finish Senior High School and their dream is to start something on their own. There are also people who have attended universities and have gotten their first and master degrees but are still sitting at home. So, the emphasis on education is absolutely ridiculous. Also, one thing the schools lack is career guidance. The school is a place to shape people so the Universities should start doing so”, she said.
Nana Aba Anamoah advised students to focus on their dreams and endeavor to learn the required skills or the ‘know – how’ pertaining to their desired profession in order to become productive. “I advise students to take up short courses to help them in future. For example, if you want to start a business, you can take up a short course in Accounting or Business Management”, she said.
Nana Aba Anamoah’s statement has been applauded by a lot people on social media as her criticism was viewed as timely in the wake of unemployment challenges faced by the youth in Ghana. Even with the Nations Core Builders initiative by the President of Ghana, which has employed about 100,000 graduates, many are still left behind and more are still pouring in.
By Jerry Wonder