Only Functional Literacy Will Produce Productive Graduates—Educationist

An Educationist and former rector at the Bolgatanga polytechnic, Robert Ajene, on the occasion of the celebration of the World Literacy day which is celebrated every 8th September, is calling on stakeholders in Education to think of making people functionally literate than just rattling books in a chew and pour manner.

The day is aimed at highlighting the importance of literacy to individuals, communities and societies.

Having his take on Ultimate Radio, Mr. Robert Ajene, reiterated that being literate without the ability to affect change in society was useless.

He advocated that it was hard time functional literacy became the key focus for Ghana’s education.

He strongly proposed, “Let’s place premium on technical education; let’s put sixty percent of our efforts in practical work and leave the forty percent to theory.”

He was worried, Secondary Technical Schools and Polytechnics have been starved of the requisite resources for imparting practical knowledge to their students.

He lamented “you go to the technical schools and there is nothing being done and their equipments are just unavailable.”

“Our polytechnics are still producing wide collar job people and we don’t blame the trainers because the equipment is not given to them,” he continued.

He warned that if the country continued on the same trajectory, graduates will remain unproductive to the course of the country.

On International Literacy Day celebrations each year, UNESCO reminds the international community of the status of literacy and adult learning globally.

Some 775 million adults lack minimum literacy skills; one in five adults is still not literate and two-thirds of them are women; 60.7 million children are out-of-school and many more attend irregularly or drop out.

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