Views: 461 Emmanuel Nana Ansah, Wa, Thur May 9, 2019. 4:59 pm Back in the days when we were kids, we used to hear this popular adage which states that...
Emmanuel Nana Ansah, Wa, Thur May 9, 2019. 4:59 pm
Back in the days when we were kids, we used to hear this popular adage which states that education was the key to success’ but this statement is at par with the reality today. In recent years, education has become a gateway to opportunities. It’s so difficult to directly relate education to success but in a way, it exposes people to opportunities. One big issue here is that, those opportunities aren’t just secured on a silver platter, you need to have an eagle eye and strongly connected (social capital) before you can get them. You see the opportunities yet no capacity to get them.
I will personally term education in this modern trend as the “survival of the fittest” and the already vulnerable are the poor and they will continue to struggle and be poorer while the rich on the other hand continue to be richer because they are already linked to powerful and influencial people who fall within their class.
However, in as much as we blame our politicians for the political games they play with our educational systems like the introduction of Free SHS and the double track system by the government, our policy makers are worse off as the policies propounded today lack policy direction and focus. All the accolades about our policies can only be found in elephantised policy documents which are left to the mercy of termites and dust in our various ministries and departments.
As the nation’s population continue to grow, we are still stuck in mud with the same caliber of jobs without any form of modernisation and expansion in our job market. Government isn’t putting any measures to ensure the growth and expansion of the private sector, public sector jobs are also very scarce to find, leaving the Ghanaian graduate in a state of dilemma. No where to turn for jobs. So the job market is choked making it impossible for the youth to get jobs. And the most deadly aspect of it all is that we fail to diversify our policies. It just one way of policy making. Gone are the days when directors/managers of companies visit every graduation ceremony to hand pick graduates. We are doomed!!
Now, back to the diversification that I was talking about; We live in a global world now, where the economy is been determined by the influence of the G8 or the super power nations. We need to come out from our slumber and wake up to do things the right way. The point I’m making is that, we are still continuing with an education system forced on us by our colonial masters. They needed hands in the administrative works, so they brought a system where one can go through training and just be following the blueprint without being creative and innovative. And that’s what we are still lingering on. The youth will continue to suffer if the education system and/or the curriculum itself is not changed for good. I forsee a youth unrest increasing incredibly soon.
Education is now a formality and not a way to success. It’s a way of getting enlightened but has no correlation with creativity and artificial intelligence.
It’s a way of still having the colonized mindset of relying on the government for employment but nothing else, yet the government doesn’t have the capacity to employ because the policies put in place are not action oriented policies that will strive and open up the windows for more investments to be in tandem with the growing population and graduates.
I’m not really taking myself out of the colonized minds, I’m included….I just hope I can decode this soon … But it unfortunate, I need all Ghanaians to speak up and continue to engage in this conversation until we catch the attention of our leaders to take action so that we can get the desired results.
Think through let’s build a better Ghana.
Emmanuel Nana Ansah
Assistant Sector Manager – Dalex Finance.