Participants at a day’s validation conference have expressed concern that education today has become more of a money making venture than offering quality tuition.
The participants, made up of academic experts, met at the University of Professional Studies to review a two year research on Higher Education Quality Assurance Practices in Ghana.
Making a statement during a panel discussion, the Director of quality Assurance and the Dean, School of Applied Science, Central University College, Professor Frederick K. Roderick, noted that the essence of quality assurance was for educational institutions to make themselves and their students very relevant for the job market.
He said educational institutions must consider key issues such as the qualification of the academic staff, the governance structure and look beyond the internal quality assurance if, they were to stand out.
Prof. Roderick called on supervisory bodies and institutions charged with the responsibility of accrediting and monitoring the activities of educational institutions to ensure they operated within the standards.
He attributed the high unemployment rate in the country to low academic performance, which he stated was as a result of the low quality of the educational system in the country.
Prof. Roderick observed that many educational institutions were running similar programmes, which include marketing, Business, Human Resource and the likes, leaving Science and Technology which had the capacity to turn around the fortunes of Ghana.
Taking his turn, the Executive Secretary of the National Accreditation Board (NAB), Professor Kofi Awusabo-Asare, observed that no single individual was useless in society since every person was unique.
He added that it was not only university education that made one successful, adding that it was the responsibility of educational institutions to identify individual talents and guide students accordingly.
According to him, it is not the responsibility of educational institutions to teach students how to pass an interview or operate an industrial machines but, the duty of industries to train the graduates on how to operate certain devices in order to help them fit into the organization.
According to him, on the job training was very critical for every organization that wanted to survive in this competitive world.
Earlier in his opening remarks, the vice chancellor of the University of Professional Studies, Accra, (UPSA) Professor Joshua Alabi, admitted the difficulty in educating students to attain higher laurels in academia hence, was happy that the university had attained a high recognition in the world.
According to him, the University was the first in Ghana to start a master’s programme in auditing, and the first in Africa to start masters in quality Assurance.
He emphasised that quality education was key to national development.
He was hopeful that the university would be the most recognized nationally and internationally.
Source ISD (Raymond Kwofie)