Accra, Feb. 24, GNA - The Coalition for the Development of Ghanaians (CODGHA) on Thursday called on the Government to conduct research on the human resource needs of the country and tilt Ghana's educational policy towards addressing the findings.
It noted that through this survey, national skill requirements could be estimated for the next 10 to 20 years in the various sectors, especially in the growing sectors of agriculture, industry and telecommunication.
In a statement issued in Accra on Thursday, the Coalition said in the interim, the government should create a special fund where fresh graduates in groups of five to 10 people could collectively access funds to start up new business ideas they had come up with.
"The privilege should be made known to undergraduates in their last year in order for them to put themselves into groups so they can be in a better position to access the fund.
This we believe would limit the pressure on government with respect to graduates seeking to be employed in the public sector."
The statement stressed the need to establish a national labour database to provide current information on the number of people who are fully employed, partially employed and unemployed in the country for the nation to have a true picture on the number of unemployed graduates in the country.
It noted that there had not been any clear cut policy instituted to address graduate unemployment in the country and noted that it now took on the average two-and-a-half years for a fresh graduate to get his or her name on a pay roll.
"With the continuous increase of the number of fresh graduates coming out of our universities, the waiting period for a graduate to secure employment is likely to shoot up to five years,” the statement added.