Adopt interactive methods, teachers urged

By Edna
A. Quansah, / Kwamina Tandoh GNA

Accra, Sept. 16, GNA – Mr Anis Haffar, Board
Chairman of the Tema International School, has appealed to teachers to adopt
the “Problem Posing Approach”, a more interactive method of teaching, to enable
students take active parts in teaching and learning.

He said the method was proposed by Mr Paulo
Freire, a Brazilian educationist, in his book titled “Pedagogy of the Oppressed
in Modern Education”.

Mr Haffar said this at the maiden edition of
the Mfantsipim Old Boys Association (MOBA) annual engagement series on the
topic: “Advancing Ghana’s Progress Through Effective Professionalism Thinking
and Looking Ahead- Dwen Hwe Kan’’, in Accra.

He urged teachers not to consider themselves
as the repository of knowledge and to allow students to contribute to teaching
and to study to gain the expected results.

The MOBA Annual Engagement Series forms part
of activities earmarked to mark Mfantispim’s 140th Anniversary and
also contribute to the public discourse on issues of national interest.

The MOBA Annual Engagement Series addressed
saw resourced persons addressing issues concerning Education, Industry,
Infrastructure and Finance in the country.

Mr Haffar said by adopting the “Problem Solving
Approach’’ students tended to be innovative, skilful and knowledgeable problem
solvers in the society.

He said students must move away from the rote
learning ‘chew, pour, pass and forget’ syndrome to the application of
scientific and mathematical principles to solve societal challenges.

Mr Haffar said rote learning is the bane of
innovative, critical thinking and the application of scientific and
technological principles to solve problems.

He called for an educational restructure where
students would be oriented to contribute to national development by solving
societal problems and create a jobs for themselves.

Mr Kweku Awotwi, the Chairman of Stanbic Bank-
Ghana, said the country need a strong government to help improve industries to
create wealth with the needed experience and exposure.

Professor Bernard Kofi Baiden, Dean of KNUST
School of Business, called for the need to have a national policy and a
framework on funding.

He said “we lack concentration on Agriculture
industry. Agriculture is the bedrock of our economy. If we don’t support the
Agric sector, we will always import. We have what it takes, but we are not
financing that sector.”


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