The Education Minister Dr. Adutwum at the 60 years anniversary of the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA) on Thursday, April 8, stated while delivering a public lecture the need to connect our education system to our industries.
Speaking on the anniversary theme ‘Creating a 21st-century education system for economic development.’
According to him, the number of trained engineers a country produces determines its status in terms of development and its ability to attract foreign investment.
“With a population of about 30 million, Ghana produces about 6000 engineering graduates per year, whereas Vietnam, with a population of about 97 million, produces about 100,000 engineering graduates per annum,” he said.
He added that “Ghana’s Human Capital Index of 44% implies that 56% of the countries productivity is wasted due to poor educational and health outcomes. In particular, learning outcomes at the basic level are significantly off-target defined in the ESP (EGRA &EGMA).
“The 2013 and 2015 EGRA showed that by the end of P2, only 2% or less of public-school pupils were able to read with fluency and comprehension. The results showed the majority of the pupils getting zero scores.
“Currently, there still exist significant disparities between the Northern and Southern parts of our country in terms of learning outcomes. Science to humanities ratio currently stands at 39:61. This contrasts with the desired target of 60:40. Our educational system lacks a National assessment at the pre-tertiary level. This deprives the Ministry of getting real-time data for policymaking, especially in planning interventions to improve learning outcomes.
“Higher education had in different dimensions contributed to the advancement and application of knowledge with its fundamentals in constructing a knowledge economy to sustain the nation. In the face of challenges linked to economic growth, the role of higher education in bringing about sustainability cannot be over-emphasized. Otoh (2012) found higher education to correlate socio-economic development and, most significantly, a vital economic growth process with its attendant effect on improved productivity, social welfare, and empowerment.”