The Methodist University College, Ghana on Tuesday held it maiden distinguished lecture series on the theme “Reforming Secondary Education for Skills Development in Ghana: What should change and how?” at the British Council in Accra.
In his address, Principal of the University, Very Rev. Prof. S.K. Adjepong said Universities played an important role in promoting intelligence in public discourse as well as preserving society hence the need for events such as the lecture organized by the Centre for Entrepreneurship Education, Research and Training of the University.
“Public discourse requires critical edge and the ability to weigh different perspectives, society looks up to universities to play a strong role in preserving and transmitting what is vulnerable among the general public. A university that fails to lead in these ways is irrelevant and falls short in its service to society”
He explained that the aim of the series was to bring speakers of the highest caliber from the world of academia, business and civil society to share their thoughts and ideas.
This is meant to provoke discussion and debate about a range of topics and subjects relevant to our developments as a country, he added.
The Director of Doctoral Studies and Professor of International Education and Development of Sussex University, Prof. Albert Kwame Acheampong in his delivery as distinguished speaker stated that most African countries have failed to successfully vocationalise secondary education to enable students gain the practical skills for the job market, attributing the situation to ill adopted nature technical and vocational subjects and also weak links with the labour market.
He added that all reforms that aimed at achieving this result had failed.
Another problem is that secondary education system in most African countries still place a strong emphasis on knowledge and competencies for higher academic education despite the fact that most school leavers do not enter tertiary education worst still as many young people fail to access secondary education with gross enrollment ratio estimated at 35%.
He added that many young people in Africa do not have access to secondary education and as such educational reforms aimed at Secondary education must be thought through carefully to ensure that the majority of the youth who do not have access are equipped with skills that would make them competitive in the labour market.
The lecture is the second in a series of five (5) expected to be held in the country before the end of the year. The next lecture will focus on “building an entrepreneurship ecosystem in Sub-Saharan Africa”.
By: Jonas Nyabor/233livenews