There are some issues in most rural communities’ schools in Ghana that militate against the performance of children in these schools.
This article has looked into detail some of the reasons why children in the rural communities speak in the local language more often than in the English language, its consequences, and the way forward.
Most Ghanaian rural communities are located far away from towns and with limited accommodation making it difficult for teachers to teach in those communities.
To stay and teach after normal class hours as compared to their counterparts in the towns and cities, some teachers don’t even attend school regularly due to the long distances between where they stay and the place they teach.
These create a communication app between the teachers and their pupils in those areas, these teachers find it difficult to complete their course in the academic calendar.
This inconsistency between these teachers and their pupils to communicate regularly in the English language make these children find it troubling to communicate in the English language.
The effects of tares are that children in these rural communities can’t speak fluently in the English language as compared to their colleagues in the cities and towns.
Children in these communities ex themselves ess in the local language more often than in the English language.
Due to the frequent use of the language both in the house and in the school these children at times will come to school for a whole week but will not talk in the English language with either their friends or their teachers which to me is a serious puzzle needs need to be addressed fast.
These attitudes put up by these pupils make it difficult for some of them to express themselves in terms of writing. sometimes times to read and understand a simple question that is put before it is always a challenge to them.
And if you can’t read and write your performance definitely will be poor. Our checks have also revealed just a Chuck of the population of teachers in the rural communities in Ghana from kindergarten to primary six who speak English during teaching.
Some of these teachers in the rural communities use their various Ghanaian languages to communicate with this young one during normal class hours rather than the official medium of communication.
Which is English Most children learn by imitation and because these teachers use only local languages to teach in these rural communities’ schools children end up finding it difficult to express themselves profusely in the English language in these they as they find themselves.
This also translates into their academic performance whenever they are the given task to perform. We have also realized that some of these children in these communities do not use the official medium of communication either classroom outside the classroom because of an inferiority complex.
We notice that children in these communities find it comfortable using their various languages than the recommended medium of communication which is the English language.
This is because these children have this feeling that when they speak the English language and make a mistake their friends will be using it to make fun of them and for that matter is better for them to either keep mute or use their local Ghanaian language and be free.
This contributes bute to the inability of children in our rural areas to communicate frequently in the English language.
It is my wish that the above mention points should be looked at critically by all who are contributing to the total up bring of these children in our rural communities school.
To ensure strict measures are put in place so that each child whether he or she is in town or a rural area the standard applies to those who live in town should be the same across.
Both governments meant should also make sure that there is accommodation for teachers who teaches in this rural communities so that teachers can stay after school or organized remedial class for these rural communities pupils so they the can be as equal as their colleagues our towns and cities.
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