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GTEC to rescind courses that don’t prepare students for job market

GTEC to rescind courses that don’t prepare students for job market

Dr Ahmed Abdulai Jinapor, Deputy Director General of the Ghana Tertiary Education Commission (GTEC), has called for the abolition of some university programs that prepare graduates for the job market.

According to him, such programs add nothing valuable to students’ studies in terms of preparing them to be entrepreneurs and workers in industries.

Dr. Abdulai Jinapor made the announcement at the Koforidua Technical University’s 18th congregation (KTU).
He stated that universities seeking re-accreditation for their programs will be required to show evidence of graduate employability before they will be accredited.

Speaking on behalf of the Minister of Education, Dr Yaw Osei Adutwum, Dr Abdulai Jinapor stated that there is a new wind of accreditation culture that education players must embrace.

Referring to the 2020/2021 Auditor General’s report on non-accredited programs, Dr Jinapor stated that institutions seeking re-accreditation of their programs must demonstrate evidence of employability of their graduates before such programs will be accredited in the future.

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The Deputy GTEC Director, who revealed that a procurement process for zones of pick-up vehicles for all ten technical universities in the country is underway, also stated that clearance has been given to the Koforidua Technical University to mount post-graduate programs up to doctoral levels.

The matriculation theme was ‘Effective Technical University-Industry Collaborations: Key to Manpower Development and Potential Job Creation in Ghana.’

Ing. Dr Daniel Anobaah Ankrah, a consulting engineer and guest speaker, emphasized the importance of technical universities.

He charged the leadership with developing middle-level manpower in the context of national development through industrial programs.

Professor David Kofi Essumang, Vice Chancellor of Koforidua Technical University, stated that the university is currently sponsoring 16 staff members to pursue PhD and MPhil programs in order to strengthen its human resource development.

He also requested that the government and the GETFund assist the University in completing some stalled projects.

At the 18th congregation of the Koforidua Technical University, 1,692 graduands were presented to the Governing Council, board, and faculty for the conferment of degrees and other awards.

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