Dr. Gerhard Ofori-Amankwah, Director of Medical Services at FOCOS Orthopaedic Hospital has reiterated the need for Career and Guidance Counsellors at all levels of Ghanaian education.
This, according to him, will help identify the God-giving talents of every student and provide them with the necessary assistance in realizing their full potentials and capabilities.
Dr. Gerhard Ofori-Amankwah, speaking at the Mentorship Sessions, organised as part of the on-going 2018 National Science & Maths Quiz and Science Festival at the University of Ghana, Legon made this appeal to the Ghana Education Service and School authorities.
He also asked parents to be role models but not to coerce their wards in towing a career path against their desires. This situation, he said, does not make the students put in their maximum best in studying the course, let alone become fulfilled and successful in life.
“I continue to make a passionate plea that Career and Guidance Counselling shouldn’t be a passing subject or event but something to be looked at very critically because that shapes our young ones in knowing what they could do and the subject combinations that could lead them to their desired goals”, he indicated.
Dr. Ofori-Amankwah asked the students to stay and practice in Ghana in order to reduce the doctor-patient ratio. He said a decision of a health practitioner to seek greener pastures in other foreign countries may backfire as his or her relatives may not get a doctor to attend to them in times of crisis.
He also implored the students to seize every opportunity to learn a new skill irrespective of one’s career path.
The National Science & Maths Quiz and Science Festival is sponsored by the Ghana Education Service through the Conference of Heads of Assisted Secondary Schools (CHASS), with support from GCB Bank, GTP, Lancaster University Ghana, Academic City College, Medifem Multi-Specialist Hospital, Accra College of Medicine, Hawtie Makeup, West African Centre for Cell Biology for Infectious Pathogens and Awake Purified Drinking water. The Sci-Tech Fair is sponsored by Goil, Prudential Life Insurance Ghana, and Tullow, while Bond Savings & Loans and RMG Ghana Ltd are sponsoring the Mentorship Sessions.