A Senior Lecturer at the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration, (GIMPA), Professor Emmanuel Acheampong, has cautioned that policy inconsistency and politicisation of educational policies and programmes have contributed to the high illiteracy rate in the country.
He explained that in order for the country to step up its literacy drive it would be vital for teachers to display intellectual honesty and commitment to duty and also disseminate the idea of peace and conflict resolution.
Prof. Acheampong gave the caution at the 25th anniversary launch and graduation of Martin Luther King School at Ashaiman Lebanon, near Tema.
It was on the theme: ‘Quality education, a vital tool for ensuring peace and unity’.
According to him, education served as the pillar and engine of societal transformation in any country of which peace and unity constituted the pivot.
Prof. Acheampong said countries such as India, the United States of America and Germany had, and were experiencing peace and unity because of the priority they gave to education.
While in other countries, he said bad leadership, misgovernance and inequity in resource distribution, among others had contributed to lack of educational infrastructure, poor remuneration of teachers leading to their lack of commitment and subsequently a high level of illiteracy on the part of citizenry and urged policy to exhibit more commitment to the course of ending the tide.
The Chief Executive Officer of the school, Mr. Emmanuel Max-Voy said the achievements of the school did not come on a silver platter and urged all stakeholders to step up efforts to achieve that desired academic excellence.
“The laurel of the school were not achieved on a silver platter that is why it behoves all stakeholders to get on board and partner private schools to play critical roles to foster academic excellence and high achievements, towards the education of children within a value-based setting for a successful future”, he said.
He said the uniqueness of private schools such as the Martin Luther King Junior is that the talents of the kids are developed through extra-curricular activities including music, sports and creative arts.
“Our way of educating the children is not to crowd them into classrooms but have a limited number for effective teaching and learning for better results and urged other proprietors to emulate their example.
Mr. Max-Voy explained trained the pupils to be critical thinkers problem solvers with the ability to forster and respond to todays changing needs and urged parents to continue investing in their children’s education in order to reap the benefits in future.
He appealed to Ghanaians to ensure peace during the December elections saying that “Ghana is the only country we have, let us guard it jealously”.
By Lawrence Vomafa-Akpalu