The maiden Ghana Broadcasting Corporation (GBC) and National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE) Presidential Debate is ongoing at the State Banquet Hall in Accra, Wednesday.
Out of the seven presidential candidates contesting in next week’s presidential election, five are partaking in this debate.
They include candidates of the governing National Democratic Congress (NDC), President John Mahama and Progressive People’s Party (PPP), Dr Papa Kwesi Nduom.
The rest are an Independent Candidate, Joseph Osei Yeboah, People’s National Convention (PNC)’s Edward Mahama and Convention People’s Party (CPP)’s Ivor Kobina Greenstreet.
Missing in action is the leader of the biggest opposition party, New Patriotic Party (NPP), Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo and National Democratic Party (NDP)’s Nana Konadu Agyeman Rawlings.
All of them are eyeing to occupy the one seat at the Flagstaff House and they are working hard to convince Ghanaians to get their votes.
They have tried through campaign tours but is time to answer questions of how they intend to solve the challenges facing the country.
The debate is moderated by Mr Dan Afari Yeboah and Selikem Acolatse all of GBC.
The five candidates take the opportunity to introduce themselves officially to Ghanaians and why they want to occupy the highest position of the presidency.
Is the current educational system preparing students enough for the challenges of facing the country and the job market
It does not. There is the need to set up an education commission to investigate the current challenges and to concentrate more on technical and vocational education. There will also be the need for the introduction of jury practitioners where experienced hands will go back to the schools to assist.
The system does not prepare the children adequately for the challenges of the 21st century. The constitution talks about Free Compulsory Education but we have failed as a country to do that. Worldwide there is the compulsory aspect which every serious country implements but we have not. We need to get back to the basics and solve that before we can think about empowering them for jobs.
There was an educational system inherited but currently, there are reforms. There was a conference put together by industry and academia in order to find out mutual problems and solutions. However, the institutions of higher learning are still concentrating on the humanities when indeed industry is looking for engineers. That must be solved.
No, our current system does not solve the challenges. About 60 percent of the populace are illiterates. They must acquire the skills needed. It is a complete problem that requires a nonpartisan approach.
Concrete plans to solve high youth unemployment
We have been scratching the surface; We must add value to our raw materials. Import substitution is important. It is important to grow millet jute sacks and other crops.
Edward Mahama will lead rice growers in Ghana and help reduce rice importation. Shea is more important than cocoa and attention will be given to it.
Restructuring of education and industry to solve the unemployment situation. The Ghanaian economy is robust. It has natural resources. The Ghanaian dream which is about industrialisation will be harnessed. Even the sun will be used as a resource. Thousands of employment can create even through mining extension programs.
The home of job creation is the PPP. My running mate is helping women by providing jobs and so is Nylander who is providing jobs for youth. There will be rice revolution and we have built plants already. Cashew will be processed and create jobs for people in technical university. There is tourism which can be developed where millions of jobs can be created.
Everybody is throwing figures about. There is the world bank figure. There are 600,000 people on government payroll yet when people complete school they want government to employ them. It is the private sector that employs but government needs to create the congenial environment.