The Minister for Fisheries and Aquaculture Development, Ms. Sherry Ayitey has urged tertiary institutions to change their method of training in order to make their products relevant in today’s business world.
She made the appeal during the Investiture and Induction Ceremony of Most Rev. Dr. Daniel Yinkah and Prof. Albert Ayikwei Addo-Quaye as the Honourary Chancellor and President respectively of the Anglican University College of Technology in Accra recently.
Ms. Ayitey said, “The increase in unemployed graduates is a clear message that training at tertiary level cannot continue in the same manner.
“The need for universities to improve dialogue with industry to tailor their curricula with industry’s requirements so as to train graduates with employable skills should be considered strongly to ensure that the challenge at hand receives the needed attention. We must equip our new graduates with skills and allow them to think outside the box, to question the status quo, and to innovate.”
She commended the Anglican University College of Technology for their bold move to train persons to meet the technological and economic needs of Ghana.
The Minister asserted that it is only with the creation of such skilled human resource that Ghana can gain and maintain leadership in an increasingly competitive world.
The Honorary Chancellor of the Anglican University College of Technology, Most Rev. Dr. Daniel Yinkah urged the Government of Ghana to use funds from GETFUND to support private universities.
Such support can help private universities to perform better than they are doing now in providing quality education.
He also encouraged members of the Anglican Church in Ghana to contribute at least 2 Ghana cedis towards the development of the Anglican University College.
The investiture ceremony was attended by Prof. Naana Jane Opoku Agyemang, Minister of Education, Bishop of Accra, Rt. Rev. Dr. Daniel S. M. Torto, Chairman of the University Governing Council, Mr. Daniel Owiredu, Governing Council members, Ven. Dr. George Neequaye, Archdeacon of Accra North East Archdeaconry, Rt. Rev’d. Dr. Cyril Ben-Smith, Bishop of Asante Mampong among several other dignitaries.