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General News of Wednesday, 2 May 2012

Source: citifmonline

Asaga's comments draw heated reactions

Stakeholders in the education sector have expressed concerns about statements made by the Employment and Social Welfare Minister, Moses Asaga.

According to the Minister, the high unemployment rate in the country could be attributed to the mushrooming of private universities.

The president of the Legon branch of the University Teachers Association (UTAG), Langbomg Bimi, however, told Citi News, the Minister’s pronouncements are unfortunate.

“We disagree with him [Moses Asaga] entirely; the same program run in his time is what made him what he is today. So if people have gone through the same course and have the same qualification, he has no right to make such comments,” he told Citi News.

On his part, the Executive Secretary of the National Accreditation Board, Kwame Dattey believes his office does have the mandate to determine the manpower requirements of the country.

The president of the Unemployed Graduate Association of Ghana (UGAG), Justice Kojo Antwi,, however told Citi News though the education provided in the tertiary institutions met the market requirements, there simply are no vacancies.**