The principal of the Dabokpa Technical Institute, Madam Mariama Mahama has expressed worry over the inability of graduates of technical institutions to secure jobs after graduation.
Madam Mahama said that it was time the country added value to its resources to help create job opportunities for the capable products from the technical institutions.
Speaking at the inaugural ceremony of the Old Students Association of Dabokpa Technical Institute, Madam Mahama said there are a lot of job opportunities in the country but graduates are unable to take advantage of those opportunities due to lack of requisite training.
“It’s now left to us, as a country to sit together, look at our strength, look at our needs and see what we can do, that is going to be relevant to us, that will let us add value to our resources and everything that we do even to the extent of exporting human resources. There are a lot of jobs out there; people are not fit into, because they don’t have the training suitable to take up these jobs,” she stated.
She added that the school was collaborating with government departments and organisations to provide practical training for the students to prepare them for the job market.
“The institution has taken the lead to collaborate with organizations out there to make an input in the training of the continuing students so that they don’t finish their program, go out there and cannot be employed. We decided to go to water company, Volta River Authority and we still have a list of them to visit. I’m happy to announce to you on behalf of management that these two organizations have assured that they have opened their doors for us to help us train our students to the level that they will appreciate and will be able to get employed when they are out of school.
Madam Mariama added that the school will soon train students in the manufacturing of some products to make them relevant and practically competent after they graduate.
Meanwhile, the Member of Parliament (MP) for the Tamale South Constituency and Minority Leader in parliament Haruna Iddrisu who was the guest of honour at the function promised to equip the new classroom block put up by the previous government and also provide a staff accommodation for the school.
By: Bariya Muniru, radiotamale.com