Ghana's youth dividend?

Ghana's youth dividend?

Young people are one of Africa’s greatest potential assets for its continued development. The ‘Ghana Opportunities for Transitioning Post-Secondary School Students’ research project investigates the transition of recent senior high school leavers into post-secondary education and the labour force. The project informs policy on education in senior high schools; admissions procedures into post-secondary institutions; and youth expectations and labour market outcomes.

Policy conclusions

  • policy makers must increase attention on youth needs and aspirations in order to avoid widespread social unrest
  • better co-ordination of examination results and university registration deadlines could improve the transition from senior high school
  • better information about student ability and the realistic prospects for continuing education would ease the transition of less academically capable students into further education or the labour market