If you finish secondary school, you should go to the police, army, be a fuel attendant, work as a bank cashier etc…”
Secondly, it should be the entry point for people to acquire technical and vocational training. “Go and do something with your hand,” he added.
The third and final purpose is for university education.
“Over the years we have undermined the technical and vocational aspect and then the world of work with university and HND graduates fighting with SHS graduates on jobs that are meant for SHS graduates,”
“It is our misdirected national focus that is creating this unnecessary apprehension that 61% couldn’t get the qualifying grade into university,”
Rather than wail over the 2018 results, Dr Armah said what the figures mean is that over 38% of students can acquire university education, the remaining can and should be encouraged to move into the world of work as well as technical and vocational education.
Dr Armah said the country should rather be worried about the increasing trend of inequity the WASSCE results seem to be churning out every year.
“If you look at the results that come and if we were to go beyond the data, you will find out that people from privileged backgrounds are the ones who managed to get access and qualifying into the university.
In 2014, he said a research conducted showed that the 46% students that got admission into the university came from only 20 top schools in Ghana.
What it means is that pupils from underprivileged schools and areas in Ghana are not performing well in the exams.
He would rather government turns its attention to the disparity and inequity and find a lasting solution to that problem.
He applauded the policy to have at least 30% of SHS applicants from the catchment areas so that students in Central Region, Greater Accra, Ashanti Regions can also have access to the Mfantsipims, Presecs, Prempehs.