Let’s support STEM, TVET education - Ayisi-Boateng
Ghana's former High Commissioner to South Africa, Dr George Ayisi-Boateng, is rallying the media to help shape and change the negative narratives associated with Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) and Technical, Vocation Education and Training (TVET) educations.
He said to say such educational modules were for dropouts was erroneous and needed to be corrected.
"Countries are not built by the so-called fine courses, but rather by people with skilled training and practical demonstration of their human capital," he said.
Dr Ayisi-Boateng, who is also a patron of the Ashanti Regional branch of the Ghana Journalists Association (GJA), was interacting with media practitioners in Kumasi and to formally announce his return to the Garden City after four-and-half years in South Africa as Ghana's High Commissioner.
Touching on a number of national issues including corruption, Dr Ayisi-Boateng noted that key to the success of the educational reform was the effective role of the media in helping shape the right opinion.
"For me, I have always held the view that no government policy does well if it is not favoured by the media. Your role as watchdogs and selling of government's information is crucial," he said.
To him, no country thrives without STEM, as well as TVET.
On corruption, Dr Ayisi-Boateng called for support for the Special Prosecutor to implement the laws against the menace, no matter who was involved.
"As a country, we already have all the laws to stop this challenge. The problem really is implementation.
"It is the reason I am in full support for this young man (Special Prosecutor), Kissi Agyabeng to succeed," he added.
He expressed his appreciation to President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo for the opportunity to serve as a high commissioner and for leading the charge to build the country's human capital through the free secondary education.
He urged the media to provide solutions to the country's polarised multi-party political form by promoting what unites us as a people.