Revitalization of Ghanaian Higher Education Policies for Youth Employment using the Endogenous Model: A case study of UDS, Wa Campus
Education has played a pivotal role in the socio-economic development of nations since the 19th century. Revitalizing conventional education to suit the demands of job market in every nation is vital. This rethinking will endow the youth with sustainable employment. In Ghana, myriad educational reforms and policies have been implemented since 1957 to reshape education to bequeath the youth with employable skills to be absorbed by the labor market. Meanwhile, before the introduction of Westernized education, Ghana had their traditional learning models for self-survival. This paper unearths strategy for revitalizing education using the endogenous model as a tool for sustainable employment for the youth using UDS as a case study. Case study design was employed under which qualitative data with interview guides were utilized. Purposive sampling was employed to select the respondents. Primary and secondary data were obtained. The study discovered among others that the people’s culture is completely absent in the University’s curriculum thereby orienting the youth to be white-collar job seekers, the students consider high grades in courses to its employability, the University has veered off its core mandate thereby unorienting the youth with entrepreneurial skills. The study concludes that majority of the unemployed youth had no area of expertise and many viewed white-collar jobs as an indispensable wheel for sustainable employment. The study recommends that reactivation of our cultural values into educational policies is urgently required. The Ghana National Accreditation Board should have a cursory look at the institutions’ courses to suit exigencies of the job market.