Ghana’s Education Targets Misplaced

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– Legon VC Tells Tales Instead Of Leading Change

The Vice Chancellor of the University of Ghana (UG), Professor Ernest Aryeetey, has raised concerns about the quality of education in the country, stressing the targets of the sector in general are misplaced.

“There is a problem with the quality of education and this comes largely because even though we are spending a lot on education, we are not targeting the right areas and so, as a result, despite the spending that occurs for education, everybody is dissatisfied with the products of the school system.”

Prof Aryeetey, expressed these concerns on the sideline of a forum on education organized by the 1975 alumni association of Achimota School.

The forum attracted both former and current students of the School established in 1927.

The Vice Chancellor of the University of Ghana, also an old student, suggested that the right areas need to be targeted in order to reap the required dividends.

A former Rector of the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA), Professor Stephen Adei, suggested that there should be an independent body responsible for monitoring and supervision of curricula.

“At the moment, the GES is both the regulator and implementor, and it has become an albatross,” he observed.

One of the speakers, Professor Patrick Awuah, Founder of Ashesi University, and also an old student, called for a change in the grading system so that different outputs by different students can complement each other in the field of work.

The forum was moderated by Kwaku Sakyi Addo, also an old Achimotan.

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