Former CEO of the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital, Prof. Frimpong Boateng has charged government to cancel the ongoing National Service Scheme and the Youth Employment Agency (YEA) arguing it is rather prudent for technical institutions to be strengthened.
“The National Service should be scrapped and resources channeled into TVET and assisted businesses in distress. It is only technical and vocational training that can propel us to exploit the abundant resources that we have. Another problem that I see is the disgraceful low expenditure on Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) which is 0.9 to 1.5% of the already blown budget of education… it is a serious matter. Also the National Youth Employment Programme which is called GYEEDA and any other politically motivated ineffective interventions should be disbanded and efforts concentrated on training the youth through TVET,” Prof. Boateng argued during a conference of the Commonwealth Association of Polytechnics, Africa in Accra.
The Ghana National Service Scheme has over the years been dented with massive corruption scandals which is reported to have seen government not only change its managerial setup but also prosecute corrupt workers. Meanwhile the scheme provides newly qualified graduates the opportunity to have practical exposure on the job, both in the public and private sectors, as part of their civic responsibility to the State.