Counsellor Daniel Fenyi, a GhanaWeb columnist has disclosed why university graduates from UCC and UEW (both regular and distance) always complain when the GES recruits graduates from the College of Education.
According to him, many of these UCC and UEW graduates after SHS were attracted by the flamboyance of big brands like LEGON, KNUST, UCC, UEW against not-too-attractive brands like Foso College, Komenda College.
“Nothing on this earth would that time change or convince these today UCC and UEW graduates to ditch a UEW or UCC for a College, adding that College of Education students are/were seen and treated as if they are second class humans by most of these University graduates,” Daniel Fenyi.
He said everyone, at the time of buying admission forms, knew 2 key facts- (a) NO direct job posting after University (b) DIRECT posting after College. everybody was and is still awake of this! However, these graduates chose option (a) but are NOW expecting the results of an option (b).
Daniel further said no government owes any university graduate direct job placement, explaining that “what governments do, at best, is to create avenues where graduates can “easily” secure jobs in the country.
According to him, unlike the university graduates, the Government of Ghana (GoG) any day, any time owe Colleges of Education trained teachers direct job placement (almost as a policy), for now.
“Colleges of Education are now degree-awarding institutions (not to advertise for them). Take advantage! When you complete, you are a professional teacher, you’ll be directly posted, for now”
“Aside from that, even if you don’t wish to continue in teaching, a course like B.Ed English at the College can conveniently make you a journalist, communicator, PR person, etc just like someone with BA in English or Communication Studies from any other university in the country.”
The Counsellor said he won’t personally, recommend to anyone, all things being equal, to pursue a course like BA Political Science, Human Resource Management, Peace Studies, Sociology, Anthropology, History etc.
“I won’t recommend such courses to anybody unless such a person would love to go into private practice,” the columnist stated.
In his view, unemployment is a global pandemic and even of high rate in the country. He advised students to be careful with school and programmes they pursue as some courses and schools are not recommendable.
“Consulting before concluding is a step in the right direction. So as a student a suggest you consult and make enquiries in the school and course you want to pursue before enrolling in any tertiary institution,” Fenyi suggested.
His comment comes after Ghana Education Service (GES) last year in a statement copied to Educationweb.com.gh announced to recruit 2017 and 2018 Colleges of Education graduates who have completed national service.