The Member of Parliament (MP) for South Tongu, Hon. Kobbina Mensah Woyome, has urged government to innovate ways that would reduce the rate of youth unemployment in the country.
According to him, the current rate of unemployment among graduate was as the result of government and the private sector failure to engage skilled and vocational trained students.
He said, should the government and the private players engage and focus on skilled and vocation trained students with support, the level of unemployment would be reduced to a bearable minimum.
Mr Woyome who is the Ranking Member on Youth and Sports Committee of parliament, made this at the 20th Anniversary celebration of the 1999 year group of the Sogakope Senior High School in the Volta Region at the weekend.
Addressing the old students at their Homecoming celebration, the lawmaker said, ” youth unemployment is a phenomenon that threatens the security of the country and therefore must find space in our daily discourse to discover strategies to minimise it.”
Mr Woyome also called on the government for the supply of adequate textbooks and other educational materials to enhance teaching and learning in schools.
He questioned government policies in education as new curricula have been approved yet there are no textbooks to be distributed to Junior High Schools.
While urging the old student’s group to contribute meaningfully to education development in the constituency, Mr Woyome highlighted some of the education development projects he lobbed for the area.
He said, under the previous government of the National Democratic Congress(NDC) a lot of education infrastructure was awarded on contract, most of them completed, while some still at the construction level but the contracts have been suspended by the current government.
He also expressed appreciation to Pencil of Promise, a non government organisation for helping to put up a number of school structures for deprived communities, adding that, through the NGO intervention most the communities have good and safe structures for teaching and learning.
Mr Woyome, therefore, urged all students in the constituency to take up their education seriously as it remained key.
He further pledged his commitment to work hard to ensure quality education for the constituency.
Source: www.therepublicnewsonline.com/Felix Nyaaba