Governments across the sub-Saharan African region will hasten reforms in higher education in order to bridge skills gap, officials said on Monday.
Senior policymakers and scholars, who met in Nairobi for a pan-African forum, said that policy reforms coupled with the upgrading of infrastructure, retraining of faculty members and adoption of new technologies are key to ensuring learning at universities and colleges is realigned with the 21st-century job market.
George Magoha, Kenya’s cabinet secretary for education, said some of the university courses that have no relevance to market needs should either be abolished or retooled.
“Our universities in Africa should develop learning modules that are skills-oriented to help address youth unemployment and its negative social impacts,” Magoha said.
Safaa El Tayeb El-Kogali, education manager at the World Bank, said African governments should prioritize investments in the modernization of higher education to ensure they produce globally competitive workforce. Enditem