The principal of International Canadian School in Accra, Benedict Yartey has called for an end to learning by rote which is gaining currency in Ghana’s educational system.
In his assessment, the ‘chew-pour-pass-and-forget’ mindset which has become the status quo is as a result of lack of teaching methodology, inadequate resource materials, and dedicated teaching staff among others.
Mr. Benedict Yartey
Mr. Yartey was addressing the World Families Day observed by the school recently. The event brought together parents, teachers and pupils of International Canadian School to engage in a number of fun activities and build family relations.
This year’s celebration was themed: “Men in charge, gender equality and children’s right in contemporary family.”
Further outlining the educational challenges in the country, he bemoaned the fact that some teachers go the classrooms to teach unprepared, accounting for the dwindling standard of education in Ghana.
Even at the tertiary level, he observed, people graduate and become empty because they pay people to do projects work for them.
“One outstanding feature of the education that this school is practising is the focus on methodology and the content of curriculum which helps children to identify problems and engage in critical thinking, sit down, and map up strategy in solving problems, and not children everyday writing, writing,” Mr. Yartey remarked.
He therefore challenged parents to develop a way to integrate their roles in the development of their wards.
He advised fathers not to always think that their major role is only to provide money for the family upkeep, but should see themselves as teachers, grooming their children, giving them leadership roles, motivating and encouraging them about their future aspirations.
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