A reason Africa, particularly Ghana is lagging behind advanced countries is the retrogressive and poor system of education the country delivers.
Students who are good at memorisation, producing same on examination papers thereby killing initiative and innovation are praised as the good ones.
There has been a lot of discussions centered on this and many more, but there is no sign of fruition as the country continues to wobble in its decaying state.
The sector minister in charge of the country’s education, Dr. Yaw Osei Adutwum had a bite on this situation at the ongoing United Nations General Assembly.
The topic is trending on social media. Many have questioned his dedication to pushing his cause in Ghana while finding his statement to be honest.
Member of Parliament for Bosomtwe, Dr. Yaw Osei Adutwum has reminded ourselves we can’t memorise our way out from poverty, but innovation rather does.
There seems to be global consensus among professionals that mere theory is insufficient to improve education. However, there hasn’t yet been a purposeful change in how teachings are implemented in many African classrooms for students who are old enough to attend school.
He questioned the justification for memorizing letters and numbers merely to copy them in the exam room without considering how it would affect the outside world.
“You can’t memorise your way out from poverty”
“That kind of education system will not transform Ghana. That kind of education system is not going to give us critical thinking individually, especially since we are in the 21st century and education 4.0 and the industrial revolution.
“You can’t memorise your way out of poverty but you can critically think and innovate out of poverty,” Dr Yaw Adutwum told the world leaders, he said.
He is adamant that this trend is troubling and backwards-looking, especially in a time of rapidly advancing technologies and STEM education.
Mr. Adutwum advised African schools to instruct students using the Assertive Curriculum method.
In order to push the bounds of creativity and reduce poverty on the continent, he advised African trainers and tutors to instill assertiveness in students.
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