Second cycle education focuses too much on passing examinations – Vice President, CIOB

Second 2Ghana’s second cycle education focuses too much on passing examinations rather developing the students’ ability to solve problems and use knowledge for creativity and innovations, the Vice President of the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB), Mr Rockson Dogbegah has observed.

“The chew and pour and forget syndrome has, thus, become a major feature of our entire educational system, and this has significant limitations on the development of the required human resources for development,” he said.

Mr Dogbegah was speaking at the 10th anniversary durbar of the Wallahs Academy in Ho at the weekend.

The event had “Ten years of Quality Education and Affordable Private Senior High Education: Achievements, Challenges and Prospects” as the main theme, with “After Senior High School, What Next?” as the sub-theme.

  1. Dogbegah who was the guest speaker noted that there was no clear vision for the senior high school programme and that had affected the processes and path towards the quality of teachers, administrators and resources to deliver the desired goal of the programme.

“The evidence of this is seen in the how frequently we change the duration for the senior high education and all these politically-motivated changes typify the lack of clarity about where we want to take senior high education to,” he stated.

Mr Dogbegah insisted that the basis for the SHS duration must be anchored on research, and benchmarked on best practices.

Still on the lack of clarity, he said that it had also influenced the priority given to the development of education as investment in educational infrastructure had been abysmal.

“Classroom and dormitories are woefully inadequate to the extent that some students have to sleep on trunks and on the floor as well as study in dining halls and under trees.

Investment in people in educational leadership like teachers and administrators; their motivation and development are so meagre that some of the best teachers and administrators have sought alternative employments,” he pointed out.

To develop the relevant human resource for the future, CIOB Vice President called for a review of the vision of the Senior High School programme with emphasis on the people needed, processes required and the performance expected.

Mr Dogbegah highlighted the need to find ways to improve teacher-student relationship and communication for quality education.

In that vein, he said that stronger Parent-Teacher Associations (PTAs) were a basic requirement for excellence and never again should a few rich and vocal parents completely determine PTA outcomes.

“The views of the less privileged must be considered seriously if we have to carry along the path of progress,” Mr Dogbegah added.

Earlier, Mr Frank Wallahs Affram, rector of the academy said that the school, which had an enrolment of more that 400 was pursuing a plan to expand its facilities to give quality and affordable education to more students.

The Queen of Ve-Deme, Mama Afiakumah II, who chaired that function entreated private educational institutions to form a joint front to participate vigorously in matters of educational reform.

She urged the graduands to remain focused and eschew all manner of social vices and attain greater educational heights.

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