The Charismatic Bishops’ Conference of Ghana is calling for the re-introduction of the ‘O’ and ‘A’ level system to replace the inferior junior high school (JHS) and senior high school (SHS) education.
In a four-point communiqué issued in line with Ghana’s 60th Independence anniversary in Accra the Charismatic Bishops’ Conference stated that Ghana had been subjected to an inferior form of education through the JHS and SHS for many years.
“We call the JHS and SHS educational system an inferior form of education because many politicians and well-to-do Ghanaians do not subject their children to the current JHS and SHS system. Instead, they take their children to schools that do ‘O’ Level and ‘A’ Level because they can afford to.
“If JHS and SHS was not an inferior form of education, why do they take their children out of it when they have the money to do so?
The Charismatic Bishops’ Conference added that “we call the JHS and SHS an inferior form of education because the quality of the products of the schools and the universities today, leaves much to be desired. Any employer today knows that there are many of our graduates who cannot even read and write English properly.
“We call the JHS and SHS an inferior form of education because prestigious schools in Ghana (like Wesley Girls’ High School) do their own entrance examination to screen their students. Why would they do another screening examination if the JHS results could be trusted? It is obvious that even the secondary schools do not trust the JHS system.
“We call the JHS and SHS an inferior form of education because universities do their own entrance examination to screen their students. Why do the
Medical schools do another examination after the SHS results? Under the old system, the ‘A’ level results were accepted as the basis for entrance into the university. It is obvious that the universities do not trust the SHS system and that is why they do an entrance examination for medical school.
The Charismatic Bishops’ Conference added that the government should create an educational system that all Ghanaians will be happy to use.