Doom looms in on Ghana’s basic education.
Doom looms in on Ghana’s basic education as the new curriculum and the recent policies do not seem to actually pair up to the benefit of both the learners and the Facilitators.
Doom looms in on Ghana’s basic education as policies such as no corporal punishment in Ghana’s basic schools, no collection of monies of any sort from parents through learners just to talk on a few. I would prefer to talk about just the aforementioned two policies and how they affect the effective teaching and learning of our younger ones in the basic schools of Ghana. This is new additions are not inhuman or unneeded but do not have the required necessities to be effective, not that for this reason and many other shared by concern citizens the policies should be abolished but be supervised intensively and be made flexible to change as the behaviors in Ghana differ from those in elsewhere.
Moreover, due to the no corporal punishment especially canning, learners are becoming reluctant to learn because gone were the days when the teacher revises their previous knowledge with the cane as “mental” before the day’s lesson. Learners are not even moved to study at home talk less of memorizing and understanding the “Times Table” which is an essential contributor to the understanding and use of mathematics at their level and above. Parents can testify about the implications of these policies as they lament. Teachers have been advised to adopt other means to punish learners e.g. weeding, picking around, etc. My question is should the learner be made to weed during his break period which he or she is entitled to constitutionally? Or the time that his or fellow learners are learning? Or maybe the teacher should wait after school has closed to give and ensure that the work is done? Will the teacher be paid overtime? My thoughts are clear I believe.
Also, taking about the no collection of monies from parents through learners, that particular policy is not a bad one at all. Kudos to the government of the day who wants to release parents off the burden of paying anything to the account of their children’s basic education in Ghana but is this the time? Can the government meet the demands of the public basic schools in Ghana? If funds are allocated to these schools will it be enough for their routine payments like the utility, the furniture maintenance, and other relevant materials? Funds they say have been allocated but my question is, how often do these funds come in? This is also crippling the basic schools in Ghana as they struggle to find ways to patch that up. Others have resulted in taking PTA dues which was agreed by parents of wards in the school which is contrary to the government policy rolled out. We know that the fact that I agree to pay an amount doesn’t mean that I will actually pay or gives you the right to force me, is what some parents result to say when they are not able to meet their own agreement.
Finally, leaving the rest, since that’s not all, for you to ponder on. I will like to conclude this write up by stating the asking, now that the implementers or stakeholders thus teachers especially are feeling left out of structuring the policies and hence being forced to implement without questions and do as they are told, who then will suggest the adjustments and changes be effected since once again we all know that theoretical measures can deviate when implemented practically implemented. That is why there is usually room for changes and adjustments to be made.
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