Savvy businessman Sam Jonah called for a complete overhaul of the country’s education system.
According to him, the current education system has failed “to prepare young people to believe in themselves and to have the skills and attitudes necessary to form an effective and efficient workforce”.
“As the legendary Dr Kwegyir Aggrey put it, our education must form the heads, hands and hearts of our youth. This requires not only science, technology, engineering and mathematics, but also vocational and technical education, ”he said.
He further deplored the country’s disproportionate obsession with diplomas and certificates, which, according to him, “transformed most of our graduates into” certified unemployed “little adapted to the needs of the industry”.
“That’s why I never understood the kind of logic that guided the conversion of polytechnics into universities,” he added.
Delivering his speech titled “Down the up escalator – Reflections on Ghana’s future by a senior citizen” at a Rotary Club reception in Accra, the businessman called on national leaders to “rethink our priorities and reform the system educational, by dropping grades and certificates of technical know-how, values and attitude; an educational system that instills in our young people flexibility and adaptability; communication and emotional intelligence; creativity and innovation as well as ethical leadership skills.
This, he says, “is the only way we can compete in the 21st century, and from my perspective, we have no shortage of human and material resources to create this kind of system. We must shape the future we desire for our country today! “