‘Stop Speaking Pidgin English’

Renowned Media Consultant, Mr. G.B.K. Owusu, has cautioned teachers not to speak ‘pidgin English’ when communicating with children in school and rather insist on correct use of words and pronunciations.

He lamented that the rampant speaking of ‘pidgin English’ to pupils was doing a great harm to both their written and spoken grammar.

Mr. Owusu made the call at the second graduation and prize giving ceremony of Faith Presbyterian Basic School at Madina in Accra.

He therefore advised teachers to teach pupils with new teaching materials and illustrations in addition to encouraging the children to show interest in modern technologies especially the knowledge of computer.

He also tasked teachers to exhibit professionalism and avoid the attitude of ignoring children with lower abilities adding that “teachers must occasionally invite parents to discuss the performance of their wards”.

The Media Consultant stressed that educating a child is neither the sole responsibility of the teacher nor the parent, but a joint effort of all the stakeholders, adding that there is a perception that the standard of education was on the decline and wondered whose fault it was.

He urged parents and teachers to work together and offer quality education not only to their respective communities but also to the nation at large.

According to him, education is the key to success in every endeavour and “parents and teachers must contribute to support quality education…more so, quality education is further described as any form of knowledge acquired for the benefit of the individual, community and the nation”.

While appealing to the School Board to provide the necessary motivation that will boost the morale of the teachers, he suggested that parents must provide the needs of their wards on time, emphasizing on decent accommodation, feeding, clothing and books.

“Above all, parents must show love, affection and concern to their wards which include the inspection of their home work before sleep time, and the knowledge of their health and other problems,” he noted.

Mr. Owusu reminded parents of the adage, “Charity begins at home” to guide them to give their children sound moral training especially simple courtesies, and also to avoid vulgar language.