Methodist Varsity holds w’shop for candidates

Prof.Jane Opoku-Agyemang, Education Minister..The Methodist University College Ghana (MUCG) has held a two-day workshop on English Literature for more than 450 candidates writing this year’s West African Senior Schools Certificate Examinations (WASSCE) this month.

The workshop was aimed at enriching the knowledge of the candidates to enable them pass well in the subject while whipping their interest to pursue Arts in tertiary schools.

The candidates were chosen from six Senior High Schools (SHS) including Presbyterian SHS, Legon, Wesley Grammar, Nungua SHS, Holy Trinity Cathedral, Presbyterian SHS, Osu and Odorgonor SHS in Accra.

They were taken through the three aspects of Literature which are drama, poetry and prose with emphasis on how to appreciate the theme, characterisation, dictions or language and other elements of literature.

Besides, the university has also organised similar workshops for some SHS in the Ashanti, Western, Central, Eastern, and Greater Accra regions and will extend it to the other five regions in the country.

Speaking to the media at the opening of the workshop in Accra on Friday, the head of Music and Theatre Studies in MUCG, Professor Martin Okyere Owusu attributed candidates’ poor performance in the subject to the bad attitude of students towards literature.

According to him, the perception that the subject requires little learning to pass was wrong and needed to be changed.

“English literature like any other subject should be given much attention and time to study. It is not only for girls. In fact, one should have the habit of reading and high sense of maturity to be able to do it,” he said.

He explained that English Literature formed 50 per cent of the English language paper as well as the elective Literature which has been divided into three forms with the students having to read and write examinations on 12 African and non-African poems.

Prof. Owusu said the time provided by the Ghana Education Service (GES) for students to study and write the examinations was too short for them to really appreciate the subject.

He however advised students to develop much interest in the subject and devote time for reading.

Ruth Anku-Gbetanu, a student from Wesley Grammar SHS commended the university for organising the workshop saying “it has enhanced her appreciation of elements of Literature and hope to build on it in tertiary school”.

She said the knowledge acquired through the training will go a long way to help her pass the subject in the upcoming WASSCE.

By Charles Amankwa     

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