Ghana’s education sector has over the years produced some of the finest scholars that the African continent can boast of. Even though the country’s education experts are not very pleased with recent developments in the sector like the curricula and the political attitude of successive governments towards education, one can not deny that the country is still among the most literate African countries. Maybe I should retract that last statement. The more we progress into the future, the country that was once regarded as the beacon of hope or the black star for Africa is gradually losing it’s place at the front row of the continent’s congregation of elites. Even though successive governments for the sake of politics try as much as possible to push the shortcomings of the country’s education section under the carpet, the malodorous air from the hideouts of these shortcomings is enough to poison the lungs of an eagle.
The talk of our shortfalls in education may be evident almost everywhere in town but as an evidence based writer, I believe in incontestable proof and I was poised to test the system and see how true the talks were. Out of curiosity, I made inquiries about the best students in certain random public Junior High Schools in Ghana. My choice to concentrate on Junior High Schools at this time was borne of the fact that the development of children is mostly at the Junior High School level where they are taught to mature from their ‘childhood’ and enter into the world of abject competition. After receiving a list of students that were considered either average or brilliant by their colleagues and some teachers, I decided to give them an unannounced visit. My quest was to test their writing skills and level of comprehension. I asked the individual students to write a letter to the president of the republic of Ghana and detail the challenges they face as students during this corona virus infested times. To spice it up, I added that their letters be not less than 400 words and four (4) paragraphs.
I allowed the students ample time to complete this project and when I finally collected the answer sheets from these students, I could not help but break down.
The vehement disagreements between their subjects and their verbs, the lack of depth, the poor grammatical expressions and the absolute lack of idioms, metaphors and mastery over the art of writing shook me. How could students who are preparing for the Basic Education Certificate Examination construct sentences as though they were learning how to read and write for the first time? It makes a lot of sense when a friend who read the letters with me argued on their behalf that the problem was part of the many problems cause by the emergence of the corona virus pandemic; a situation that forced the closure of schools across the country for a rather long period of time. However, I still maintain that the level of grammatical error displayed in those letters is inexcusable for third year Junior High School students who are just months away from writing their Basic Education Certificate Examinations. The government of the republic of Ghana and the country’s ministry of education must sit up and invest effectively in the education of the children of Ghana if the country is to regain it’s glorious position as the beacon of hope for the African continent. Without the proper investments in the future of our children, the likes of Osagyefo Dr. Kwame Nkrumah, John Mensah Sabbah and every other person that fought hard for freedom and progress of our nation will be turning in their respective graves. The least we can do for the martyrs of our freedom is to safeguard the future of our country.
What are your views on the challenges faced by Ghana’s education sector and the consequent lack of affluence by students in our public schools across the country? What do you suggest the government of Ghana do to fix the problem at hand? Share those views and suggestions with us in the comments section below?
Read the letters below
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