The Minister for Labour and Employment, Ignatius Baffour Awuah has urged relevant stakeholders in the education sector to revise the current syllabus to address the issue of unemployment.

Speaking at an event organised by the Old Students Association of Sacred Hearts Senior High School at Nsuatre in the Bono Region, Mr Baffour Awuah stated that the mismatch between formal education and labour market requirements has resulted in the phenomenon.

According to him, Ghana’s educational system has failed to develop calibre of graduates with employable skills both in the formal and the informal sectors to meet the global marketing trend influenced by technology.

“Focusing on the study of the English language in schools is good but looking at global trends, things are changing. If we really have the future of our children at heart, we may have to diversify the kind of training we give to our children. Because now you have software that does the work. So from basic entry to general major preparations, one software can do it without necessarily employing an accountant. But we get our students worrying about themselves every day studying English.

“Now there is an incoming software that can diagnose some illnesses so there would be no need to visit laboratories. You just need to prick yourself and the phone would be able to diagnose the kind of ailment you suffer from,” he stated.

The Sunyani West MP is of the view that an investment in the country’s technical and vocational institutions and training (TVET) is the way forward to tackle youth unemployment.

“If we don’t think to reconsider a review of our educational system and we keep insisting on the traditional way of studies, we would train the people alright, they would be able to speak the best of English, they would be able to do the best of calculations but finding jobs will be difficult. The emphasis is on TVET education,” he concluded.

He, therefore, called on stakeholders in the education sector to do the needful to bridge the gap between education and labour market requirements.