‘Education must change from liberal to technical’
The Senior Minister, Mr. Yaw Osafo Maafo, has charged Ghanaian students to be strong in Mathematics and English subjects, with a call on Ghanaian educational authorities to change the educational paradigm from Liberal to Technical education.
According to him, Ghana places too much emphasis on liberal education at the expense of technical education.
Mr. Osafo Maafo has subsequently called for a paradigm change to address this educational challenge, stressing that our Science and Mathematics must be strong.
The Senior minister has emphasised that one can only be competitive when the person has skills.
He said: “We want a system where a Ghanaian can rub shoulders with Japanese, German scientists, and this is what the government is doing”.
Mr. Osafo Maafo made these call when he addressed a program organised by the Ghana Beyond Aid Committee, in Collaboration with the National Union of Ghana Students (NUGS) in Kumasi.
The program was attended by second cycle institutions and tertiary students.
Mr. Osafo Maafo said: “Students gathered here, the President places premium on youth development. This office has a representative of the National Union of Ghana Students, who is doing a great job”.
According to him, the government will continue to implement policies on youth development in Ghana.
He urged the Ghanaian youth to study hard, underscoring that the WASSCE results of 2019-2010 academic results are very good, and Ghana has recorded one of her greatest mathematical breakthroughs in the last six years.
Touching on the theme of the program: ” Education at the heart of attaining Ghana Beyond Aid -taking stock of our progress, looking into the future.”
Osafo-Maafo, who delivered a keynote address, noted that Ghana Beyond Aid, which was proposed by President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, seeks to correct attitudinal change of Ghanaians.
The Senior minister opined that one single problem confronting Ghana is our mindset, stressing that people want to go work late and close early, but the Ghanaian will do the vice versa.
Osafo-Maafo continued that Ghana Beyond Aid seeks a new mindset and values and this revolves around education.
In a program which was held at the Great Hall of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), Osafo-Maafo announced that no country has improved at the back of ignorance.
He noted every country trains its people and education is the pivot to nation-building. Our most important resource is the building of human capital development.
Recollecting the scarcity of educational scholarship in the years of yore, Mr. Maafo told the function that during their time, a handful of people had scholarships, which he was part of.
However, this challenge has been resolved, following the implementation of the Free SHS in Ghana.
In achieving Ghana Beyond Aid, the Senior Minister told Ghanaian students that the vision of the Ghana Beyond Aid is a new mindset to place Ghana first, which is inspired by traits such as honesty, law-abiding, hardworking, and respect for time.
He implored Ghanaian youth to respect time, eschew ethno tribal, underscoring that, we are Ghanaian first before tribes.
On the impact of the Novel Coronavirus, Safo-Maafo indicated that the Covid-19. has not overpowered Ghana, and we are doing well in our battle against the virus.
However, he noted that the virus has robbed Ghana in some sectors of the economy, adding that the government could not go after taxes.
He mentioned that the government has put up phenomenal leadership in the fight against the pandemic, after reopening schools. We had to arrange it such that students get back to school.
He said: ” In January, schools would be reopened. I am happy to announce that many of our alcoholic beverage companies produced hand sanitizers and Ghana.
Pointing out the dimension of the society within which Covid-19 has caused havoc, Yaw Safo-Maafo said the virus has affected the medical, economical, and social lifestyles of humanity.
On his side, the Deputy Minister for Education, Mr. Yaw Osei Adutwum, indicated that before the covid-19 pandemic, education around the world concerned had a gloomy outlook.
According to him, building his argument around a study carried out by the World Bank called Learning Poverty, Adutwum noted that 53% of children in the world could not read and understand.
He noted that if one cannot read, the person cannot learn.
He has noted that post-covid-19 is having a telling effect on education in the rural areas, underscoring the need to make sure Ghana eradicate learning poverty.