Ghana needs educational reforms to compete globally – Herbert Mensah
Former Chief Executive of Kumasi Asante Kotoko, Herbert Mensah says immediate educational reforms are necessary if Ghanaians wants to compete on the global market.
According to him, the widening gap in education between Ghana and the advanced world is worrying and fears this could undermine the competence of graduates in the country if not checked.
Mr. Herbert Mensah who served as a judge in the just ended Leaders Blast organized by the Royal Commonwealth Society for students in the second and tertiary institutions said there must be clear policy direction to improve educational standards in the country.
“I grew up at a time we were told the most educated and smartest people in Africa are Ghanaians but it’s no longer the case and recent statistics has confirmed that and I think it’s a wakeup call for the country to do the right thing,” he said.
Herbert Mensah who has played leadership roles in several multinational companies around the world used his role on the panel to motivate the students not to allow the present limitation to frustrate their future.
“The world has changed and we need to teach the Ghanaian child over the next 20 years to become number in Africa and the world but first there must be policy change and we must set standard beyond what is accepted globally,” Herbert Mensah added.
The Leader Blast held at the Ghana International School featured students from the University of Ghana, the Ashesi University, the University Cape Coast, Webster University, SOS Tema, the Ghana International School, Labone Senior School, La Cluster of Schools, witnessed various business proposals from the participating schools.
The University of Ghana which won the day presented an innovative project which aims at reducing maternal mortality.
They were followed by the Ghana International School and the Royal House Temple.
African representative for the Commonwealth John Apea who moderated the event says the programme aims at transforming African students.
According to Mr. Apea, the programme will offer leadership training and awards for selected youth across all 53 Commonwealth countries.
More specifically, it will allow the youth to actualize their leadership and entrepreneurship dreams after school, he stated.