(From GhanaWeb.com) The Executive Director of the Danquah Institute, Gabby Asare Otchere-Darko, has criticized what he calls “a hopeless national obsession with a Youth Policy, which hitherto its absence for a long time served as a topic of agitation for youth groups and a convenient excuse for how we have failed in preparing the vast majority of Ghanaian youths for the future.”
According to him, “Sadly, Ghana remains hooked on form and not substance. Yet, everything a society does is about the youth. Even pension schemes are set up to provide for the youth in their old age. We should just stop wasting time and get on with the real task of building a society of opportunities, which means recognizing that the foundation of our nation is the education of its youth.”
Also, Mr Otchere-Darko expressed anxiety with the decision of Government to reduce the Senior High School back to three years instead of four years.
“The average kid may spend more than half of her waking hours up until the age of 18 outside of school. What they do with that time may have a far critical impact on what becomes of them in the future than the shorter period that they spend in school. It can be a very, very expensive leisure time for both parents and society,” he warned.
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