A group of Concerned past Students of WA Polytechnic have called on the Institution to have talks with the National Council for Technical Education in the Interest of the School to Replace the HND Accounting program being offered presently to HND Security Studies.
According to the Alumni it will be more competitive and lucrative in the market as so many organizations need experts in security and would gladly add security studies to the employment cariculumn.
Throwing more light they said the Accounting program offered has made more Accounting students Jobless since any employer would prefer a degree or a chartered Accountant compared with HND Accounting which is not even a Technical Program.
They concluded by saying most accounting students have diverted from their core mandate into education in search for jobs and by this we urge for a better course like Security Studies in Place of Accounting as we are ready to channel our support to that effect, they said.
The Ashanti Regional Minister, Hon Simon Osei Mensah has challenged Universities in Ghana to explore further avenues to develop more career-specific courses and programmes for students in order to reduce the high rate of graduate unemployment in the country. According to him, the ruling Government was committed to creating more job opportunities for the graduates and youth of this country, which effort he said could be enhanced if private individuals are equipped with the requisite skills and knowledge to create their own employment.
We as Past students of WA Polytechnic deem this an opportunity to clear the air by highlighting on issues we think are a hindrance to the development and achievements of our past students and incoming ones. Accounting is a very good program to study but with the composition of it and how common it is in Universities, many employers would opt for the highest qualifications based on the supply level knowing very well the graduates have outnumbered the opportunities.
Most graduates from WA poly have found it difficult getting employed with their HND in Accounting certificate because an employer would prefer a degree with ‘pass’ rather than a ‘First class HND in accounting’ 80% of Job adverts have opted for at least a first Degree which doesn’t call for HNDs. So in our gentle suggestion as concerned past students we wouldn’t be hopping to produce liabilities but problem solvers and by this suggest a more competitive course like ‘HND in Security Studies’ be introduced as every organization needs security experts. Security professions have been limited and tagged as a school ‘Drop-out’ profession and this speaks negative volumes to indicate how nonchalant we regard our security if inexperienced persons are allowed to take charge, the interior ministry will certainly demand from a pool of your trainees, the private organizations will come and even Schools with security workers will allow workers to come and upgrade.
Tuorimuo Elvis Philip