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Academia in Ghana Education lacks industry connection – Dr. Adutwum

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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.

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“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.

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“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.

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“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.”

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