University Education curricular should be more practical – female farmer urges academic boards

Agricultural entrepreneur Pearl Duah has called on institutions of higher learning to work towards making their curricula more practical instead of the high level of focus on theoretical training.

She says it’s about time that academic boards of various universities ensure majority of all their teachings are practically based.

“60 percent of practical courses would be of great advantage to students and the country at large,” Ms. Duah who is Chief Executive Officer of Ahwenepa – Dua Farms observed in an interview with GARDJA.ORG.

She said carefully thought – through, tailored practical courses are crucial to ending the rising graduate unemployment situation in the country.

She noted with grave concern that, the theoretical teachings and learning in schools do not prepare students for the real-life experiences needed on the job.

The 24-year young female farmer is of the opinion that the theoretical teachings alone are not helping graduates fit well in the world of work, resulting in them struggling to get employment.

Ms. Duah says she is personally a victim of the low quality of theoretical education received whilst in school. Despite graduating with a degree in agribusiness, she was ill-prepared for a job as an agricultural entrepreneur and the reality hit her when she decided to set up her own farm.

“This nearly put me off, but I gathered the momentum to acquaint myself with the farmers on the ground before assimilating through it,” she said.

Narrating her ordeal to GARDJA.ORG, Ms. Duah said, there is the need to balance theoretical knowledge and practical knowledge so graduates properly suit the job market.

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