Dean of the School of Performing Arts at the University Of Ghana, Prof. Kofi Agyekum, has poked holes in Ghana’s education system as lacking culture infiltration and critical thinking, hence the mess the country finds itself in.
In his view, education should equip learners to find solutions to societal challenges lest it yields no result, adding that our authorities should consider pushing for practical and cultural education to foster quality nation building.
“In Ghana, our education does not equip students to bring solutions to our country’s problems. People study Agriculture and end up in offices, leaving problems of agric unsolved. That is not education. We also have mechanical engineers from various Universities who cannot repair their cars when it develops a fault. Is this education?” he quizzed.
“Our education is examination oriented instead of it relating to the society. Our education should also be separated from literacy rather than equipping literacy with education which is unfortunate“.
He called on drivers of the country’s education to draw plans that will make learners more equipped to stand on their own to survive in life.
He further emphasized on the need to intensify moral and cultural education in schools so students can fit into the society to justify a crucial purpose of education.
Bemoaning the attitude of tertiary students, the professor pointed out that in recent years, students lack the ability to think critically to bring home solutions to the numerous challenges the country is facing.
He mentioned several long-lived problems the country is facing because “school has not equipped those paid to solve such problems to think“.
Professor Agyekum’s call was made at a Symposium organised by Odeneho Dr. Nana Afram Brempong III, the Omanhene of the Suma Traditional Counci, in Sunyani.
Hon Eric Opoku, Brong Ahafo Regional Minister; some paramount chiefs and queens, graced the occasion.
The lecture was to enlighten the public that an ancient Jaman chief who ruled Tain and some parts of the La Cote d’Ivoire in the late 18th century, Nana Kwadwo Adinkra, was the originator of the famous Adinkra symbols found in the world today.
Another speaker at the ceremony, Professor MRS Esi Awuah, Vice Chancellor of the University of Energy And Natural Resources, in Sunyani, also encouraged parents and other stakeholders of education to promote cultural education and instil in students the need to preserve the environment.