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Mr. Hassan Ayariga, the presidential candidate of the Peoples National Convention (PNC), has said the country’s educational system was flawed and tertiary institutions and universities were producing “avoidable graduates instead of absorbable candidates.”
He said a PNC government would change the education curriculum by introducing and increasing technical and skills acquisition that would make graduates employable who will generate jobs and employ other people to reduce unemployment.
Mr. Ayariga was taking part in a debate organized for by the Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA) for presidential candidates of political parties that have representation in parliament.
President John Dramani Mahama of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Dr Abu Sakara of the Convention People’s Party (CPP) and Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) took part in the debate.
He said small and medium scale enterprises would be given a major boost. Mr. Ayariga said his administration would build more roads, silos to store food to reduce post harvest losses and guaranteed prices would be given to farmers for their produce.
He said the country needed quality education and not free education because the funding of a free education would not be easy.
On health, Mr. Ayariga promised to use accessibility health care methods with more advocacies on use of family planning methods, training of more doctors and other health professionals to man the health institutions and increasing the quality of sanitation.
He said private/public health care was the core means of building the nation and his administration would build quality health care and make ambulances available in all corners of the country.
Mr. Ayariga said more investments had to be made in the private/public sector and in education to make graduates more employable.
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