The Head of Curriculum Development and Research Department at the National Board of Professionals and Technicians Examination, (NABPTEX) Mr John Jonathan Afetorgbor has said that employers should link salaries to productivity levels rather than numerous certificates and titles.
This he stated would divert the attention of job seekers to better their skills and competency development rather than striving for more certificates and titles.
According to Mr Afetorgbor, the obsession of employers in public and private institutions towards certificates and subsequently tying how much an employee earns to these documents has forced job seekers to set on the path of acquiring many certificates and big titles other than developing competencies.
He sited an instance in the recruitment of teachers and lecturers into technical schools and universities across the country where such persons must have a masters degree or its equivalent other than the skills the job seekers can transfer unto students, is a disincentive to skills acquisition and competency development.
Speaking to Citi News’ Obrempong Yaw Ampofo, he said, “If they said certificates would give you a higher salary for example, if you have a degree or a masters, you’d be earning so much and the premium is not on what you can do or the skills you can offer, you would definitely seek the degree for higher earnings. Now if the salary is linked to the productivity levels, then you realise that people will be chasing the skills than certificates.”
He also said that many have jobs without skills and still earn salaries because of their certificates.
“Some of the excess we have right now is based on that because many people have jobs without productivity and they take salary at the end of the month,” he added.