The Vice-Presidential Candidate for the opposition, National Democratic Congress (NDC) Prof. Naana Jane Opoku-Agyemang has said that it is unacceptable for Graduates in the country to stay home between five to ten years after completing their education before they get employed.
Naana Jane Opoku-Agyemang made this known when she spoke to Executives of the Graduate Students Association of Ghana (GRASAG) when they visited her office.
GRASAG through its executives made the Vice-Presidential candidate aware of the fact that students even after enrolling for Graduate Studies are not provided with job opportunities and they have to stay at home and look for non-existing jobs for a very long time before they find something to do.
The association noted that this has been a worrying trend for some time as the years spent at home doing virtually nothing makes the human resource rusty.
But addressing the GRASAG executives, Prof Naana Jane Opoku-Agyemang said it was unacceptable for Graduate Students to look for jobs for over five years after Graduate School Education.
She said the John and Jane ticket will fashion out a way to deal with this menace which has affected a number of young people in the country.
“It is also unacceptable that after completing their studies, graduate students spend between five and seven years looking for employment. That is an issue that must change and we, #JMandJane2020, are going to work hard to change that by providing sustainable jobs.”
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When the leadership of Graduate Students Association of Ghana (GRASAG) called on me at my office in Accra, we had fruitful deliberations on a wide range of issues.
They expressed concerns about the Public Universities Bill, the length of time it takes for graduate students to find jobs after completing their courses and the rising cost of postgraduate education and bottlenecks in postgraduate admissions, among others.
I made the point that in its present form, our great party the NDC, as well as President John Dramani Mahama and I, are opposed to the Public Universities Bill and we shall repeal it if Parliament passes it into law.
It is also unacceptable that after completing their studies, graduate students spend between five and seven years looking for employment. That is an issue that must change and we, #JMandJane2020, are going to work hard to change that by providing sustainable jobs.
We are also committed to addressing the myriad of challenges confronting the education sector.