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From Samuel Agbewode, Ho
The Agbogbomefia of the Asogli Traditional Area, Togbe Afede XIV, has called for the restructuring of the educational system, to ensure that it is directed towards the training of students to help facilitate development of the country.
According to him, there was the need for the educational system of the country to be focused more on principles and values that were essential to developing attitudes and problem-solving abilities, which are of human capital development, relevant for the development process of the nation.
The Agbogbomefia said this at the 60th Anniversary celebration of the Mawuli Senior High School (SHS) at Ho over the weekend. The celebration was themed: “Living the Dream of the Founding Fathers in Human Capital Development.”
The Chief explained that the current educational system that placed emphasis more on the acquisition of a certificate at the SHS level was not the best, because it limited the students’ ability to critical thinking and solve problems that would challenge them in their preparations to live as adults in future.
Togbe Afede observed that an education system that requires students to prepare in advance for classes, and attempt solving problems on their own, would not only help to develop their energy, but also help them develop their comprehension and their capacity for critical thoughts, noting that the many extra classes being organised in schools would only destroy the independence, confidence, and ability of the student to think.
He continued that obsession with certificates was quite legendary, that was why educational institutions from as far as Uzbekistan advertised in the dailies in Ghana, and that as a nation, there was the need to understand that the purpose of education was to impart the essential knowledge that would build capacity for independent thinking.
Togbe Afede stressed that a good educational system ought to liberate the minds of the youth who were the future leaders, and equip them with creative and innovative skills, lest they become smart conformists and custodians of the status quo, instead of the agents of change that the country needed.
“The only way to keep peace with change, and exercise the required dynamic flexibility is to be willing to think. So an educational system that presents information as dogmas that must be passively consumed will not help our cause.”
The Chief said if the country would develop to an appreciable level, there was the need for the people to work very hard, and teach students to understand that the more effort one puts into his or her work, the more likely he would succeed.
He also noted: “Praying for divine guidance and intervention does not assure success, but the individual needs to be willing to do more than is required.”
The Minister of Education, Mr. Alex Tettey-Enyo, who read the Vice President’s speech on his behalf, said human capacity development constituted part of the national development process through sound education, and emphasised that efforts were being made to deal with the problems confronting education in the country.
The Vice President called on the management of schools, particularly, at the SHS level, to work hard to help produce the best human resources, and pointed out that to ensure effective development, the educational system was being structured to deal with the development needs of the nation.
Mr. Mahamah said human development was core to the achievement of the “Better Ghana “ agenda of the government, adding that time management should be taken more seriously at all levels, and values such as commitment to national development and patriotism, were vital in the development process of the youth.
The Chairman of the Council of State, Prof. Kofi Awonoor, commended the EP Church for its vision that led to the establishment of educational institutions, including the Mawuli SHS in Ho, which he observed, had produced quality human resources for the country over the years.
“A nation that is un-educated, cannot develop; a nation that is un-educated, cannot practice democracy effectively,” he said, adding that poor education of a country cannot help ensure a healthy nation.
The Headmaster of the school, Mr. J.M.K. Osei-Nyansa, commended government for the completion of some infrastructure and ongoing projects in the school, saying the rapid growth of the school did not reflect in its infrastructure base, which needed to be addressed.