Graduate Unemployment: GTEC to refuse re-accreditation for programs falling short of employability
The Ghana Tertiary Education Commission (GTEC) will not renew accreditation for programs that fall short of employability requirements.
Speaking on behalf of the Education Minister at the 18th congregation of Koforidua Technical University(KTU), the Deputy Director-General of GTEC, Dr. Ahmed Jinapor Abdulai stated that “moving forward, institutions seeking re-accreditation of their programs must demonstrate evidence of employment of graduates of such programs informed by tracer studies before such programs will be accredited. In fact, programs that fall short of such requirement will not be accredited”
He emphasized that the interest of the commission in accreditation is whether institutions are able to demonstrate employability of their students as primary mission in seeking accreditation.
He admonished tertiary education institutions to be guided by the 2020 to 2021 Auditor General’s report which flagged hundreds of non-accredited programs, and adapt to GTEC’s new wind of accreditation with alacrity.
“In simple terms, programs must be accredited or not advertised”
Dr. Ahmed Jinapor stated that, GTEC is currently working to roll out a single platform for admission applications to all Universities in Ghana captioned as the Central Application Processing Service (CAPS) where only accredited institutions and programs will be allowed.
The theme of the graduation ceremony was “Effective Technical University-Industry Collaborations: Key to Development and Possible Job Creation in Ghana”.
A total of 1,692 HND students graduated out of which 146 obtained First Class honours. 24 graduands from Auto Engineering graduated with “competent with merit” certificates.