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Ghana’s Educational System not relevant – Spio-Garbrah

Ghana's Educational System not relevant – Spio-Garbrah

Dr. Ekwow Spio-Garbrah, who serves as the Chairman of the African Business Center for Developing Education (ABCDE), has voiced his concerns about Ghana’s educational system, asserting that it falls short in adequately preparing the nation’s youth for the job market.

The former Minister of Education conveyed his belief that, if he were to revisit his educational choices, he would opt for different courses and subjects compared to those he pursued in the past.

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Reflecting on a past incident from two decades ago, he recalled his recommendation to include Apostle Kwadwo Safo as a member of the University of Science and Technology council. Dr. Spio-Garbrah believed that Apostle Safo’s expertise could provide valuable practical insights into curricula and subjects that would enhance students’ employability. However, his proposal encountered resistance from the then-vice chancellor, who has since passed away.

At the time, the vice chancellor’s response emphasized the university’s primary mission of instructing students in understanding how things operate, rather than training them in manufacturing processes.

Dr. Spio-Garbrah contends that this perspective is rooted in the influence of Ghana’s colonial rulers, who aimed to prevent the colonized population from becoming industrial competitors. This colonial legacy continues to impact Ghana’s educational system to this day.

Dr. Spio-Garbrah shared these perspectives during an interview on TV XYZ, a television station based in Accra.

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