Counsellor Daniel Fenyi, a GhanaWeb columnist has disclosed why graduates from UCC and UEW (both regular and distance) always complains when the Ghana Education Service recruits graduates from the College of Education.
The Ghana Education Service (GES) in a statement dated July17 copied to Georgeweb.org indicated it is recruiting 2017 and 2018 College of Education graduates who have completed their one year mandatory national Service.
Following this announcement some university graduates in a Facebook group called “GES Recruitment Forum” by comment complained bitterly that the Service always recruit only graduates from the College of Education leaving them behind.
Mr Daniel Arkoh Fenyi in line with the Ghana Education Service (GES) has disclosed why College of Education graduates are always recruited over the likes of UEW and UCC graduates in the country during recruitment periods.
He said some 4 to 5 years ago many of these complaining UCC and UEW graduates after Senior High School (SHS) were attracted by the flamboyance of big brands like LEGON, KNUST, UCC, UEW against not-too-attractive brands like Foso College, Komenda College.
He added that 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 students are/were seen and treated as if they are second class humans by most of these University students.
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 AWARE of this! However, these graduates chose option (a) but are NOW expecting the results of option (b).
According to him, no Government of Ghana owes any university graduate direct job placement, he explained that “What governments do, at best, is to create avenues where graduates can “easily” secure jobs. And, in Ghana, Governments owe College 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 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. There are many other courses in the College like that”. he added.
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. Unless such persons would love to go into private practice.
In his view unemployment is a global pandemic and even of high rate in Ghana. He consequently advised students to be careful with school and programmes they pursue as some courses and schools are not recommendable, adding that consulting before concluding is a step in the right direction.