MoE respond to claim Dutch Passport is better than Ghanaian PhD

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The Ministry of Education (MoE) has reacted to the claim made by Mr Happiness, a Netherlands-based Ghanaian that a Dutch passport is better than the PhD offered by Ghana’s premier university, the University of Ghana (UG)

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In a viral video trending on various social media platforms and monitored by Thisterm.com, Mr Happiness said opportunities that are available to him as Dutch beat opportunities a Ghanaian PhD can give to any Ghanaian.

The Ghanaian residing in the Netherlands argues that he can easily get a visa to the United States of America (USA) just because he has a Netherlands passport; something a PhD holder in Ghana cannot get.

But reacting to Mr Happiness’s comparison, the spokesman for the Ministry of Education, Kwasi Kwarteng said PhDs are research programs, not pathways to guaranteed financial stability adding that possessing a passport or an academic certificate does not necessarily guarantee economic well-being.

“There is no direct correlation between holding any of these documents and being economically well-off. You might have a universal passport granting you access to all countries, but without a good job, improved conditions of service, and a good working attitude you can still be poor. The same applies to holding the highest academic qualifications.

The idea that holding a Dutch passport is better than having a PhD in Ghana stems from a defeatist mindset. However, it is understandable why such a notion exists, considering that converting basic earnings from certain countries to our local currency can make someone appear wealthy.

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Therefore, the conversation should be redefined to focus on how we can improve conditions of service for the working class, create more jobs for our people, and most importantly, undertake measures to increase the value of our currency,” the Public Relations Officer (PRO) for the Education Ministry said in a post sighted by Thisterm.com.

A PhD student at the University of Ghana on is part also said “If you’re a PhD holder and you believe that the essence of your PhD primarily lies in how much you should be able to earn in terms of monetary value after your PhD, and you’re earning less than you expected so you believe that your PhD is worthless then I’m sorry to tell you that you are worthless not your PhD.

“…The PhD training firstly emphasises one’s contribution to the body of knowledge (literature) and secondly, emphasises the significance of one’s research study on policy and practice in that field all through research.

Unless of course, you enrolled in some strange PhD program somewhere, but where does it say in the PhD training that the more you earn after your PhD the more valuable your PhD is?” he quizzed.

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