Wednesday, 22 September

Ghana’s education system 'not too good'; it's all 'chew and pour', lacks creativity – Speaker

Speaker and students from Wisconsin

The leadership of the Wisconsin University College branch of the Tertiary Students Confederacy (TESCON) called on the Speaker of Parliament, Mr Alban Bagbin, on Tuesday, 1 June 2021.

The team implored the Speaker to institute a mentorship and training programme for students in the various tertiary institutions in the country.

Mr Bagbin expressed concern about Ghana’s education system, saying it needed to be organised in a manner that encourages creativity.

“Unfortunately, our education system is not too good”, he bemoaned.

“We mostly develop one aspect of our brains, which is the memory”.

“And, so, what they teach you is what you chew, accumulate and accommodate”.

“And, so, when they ask you a question, you try to reproduce that. Our education system doesn’t teach many [people] to be creative, to come up with our own ideas”.

The Speaker noted that both youth development and empowerment were very essential and must go hand-in-hand.

“The youth empowerment is toward empowering you economically, spiritually, socially, educationally and the rest but the development is a different thing altogether,” he said.

He called on students to read more books to complement their lecture notes and be open-minded so they can understand the complexities of the current global system.

“All that you learned in the classroom – your formal education – can only give you 5% of what you will achieve as an individual. When you now convert what you learn into skills and competencies, those skills and competencies will give you 25%.”

He added that "the catalyst that will propel you to the altitude that you want to reach is attitude.

“That you have the saying that your attitude determines your altitude; that is 70%, and you cannot develop any better attitude when you listen to the same advice of the yesteryears.”