Education is a purposeful and consciously promoted learning which involves the acquisition of knowledge, skills and attitudes that should make us more useful to ourselves, our family, the immediate community, our nation and the whole world.
Regrettably, since independence, in spite of the many reforms we undertook over the years, the expected benefits of the economic transformation have eluded us due to the emphasis we placed on the grammar type of education.
Prof. (Mrs.) Smile Dzisi, the Vice Chancellor of the Koforidua Technical University (KTU), made that assertion on the occasion of the 52nd Quadrennial Delegates’ Conference of the Ghana National Association of Teachers (GNAT) Eastern Regional branch, with the theme “Transforming Societies through Quality Education, the Agenda 2030, and Political Will for Funding Quality Public Education in Ghana.”
“We consider some vocations as demeaning and we deem the so-called white collar jobs as the most prestigious and most rewarding. The result being that, we have directed the bulk of our resources towards the training of our youth for these so-called prestigious jobs. Hence, there are more students in the Humanities than twice the total number of students in science and vocational disciplines,” she lamented.
Certainly, this situation does not promote the Millennium Development Goals on Education, to which Ghana is a signatory. This therefore is what accounts for the high unemployment rate, unsustainable exploitation of our environment and its resources, because over the years, we have, as a nation, failed to equip too many of our youth with the appropriate knowledge, essential skills necessary for job creation and patriotism, she said.
The Vice Chancellor of Koforidua Technical University noted, in her view, going forward that until we set our priorities right, no amount of resources can guarantee the desired economic transformation through education.
She added she is unrepentantly biased in favour of science and technical/vocational education because she holds the view that the best outcomes of education in our current circumstances must stimulate innovation and entrepreneurship and this must be encouraged.
Hon. Eric Kwakye Darfour, the Eastern Regional Minister, on his part, noted over the years the contributions of the association in policy formulation and its implementation with government and urged them to continue to support the NPP government. As it prepare to kick start the free Senior High School Programme in September, this year.
“As teachers, you must continue to serve as a role model to your students and, as such, desist from acts that have the tendency to put the profession negatively in the public domain. Such acts are smoking, alcoholism and lateness to work among others.
At the end of the day, new regional executives were elected, with one Jonathan Appoh Selby as the chairman.
Source: therepublicnewsonline.com/ Ametewee S. Worlali, Koforidua