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Gov’t shouldn’t be in control of public schools – Educationist

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ii Armah Ardey, Educationist and Management Expert has said that government should not have any business controlling public schools. He said the practice is not helping the cause of education in the country.

Nii Armah Ardey was commenting on the Education Minister’s comments that the current educational system in Ghana prevents the child from demanding clarity on issues regarding their studies.

Education Minister Dr Yaw Osei Adutwum made the comments when he addressed delegates at the ongoing United Nations General Assembly on Wednesday, September 21.

Mr Ardey says it seems that the quality of education in Ghana is dwindling.

“Anybody who has studied or has lived through our educational system from the old system to what we have now and even in this new system from when it started to where we’re now will tell you that every day it seems that the quality of education is dwindling,” the Educationist said on the Day Break Upper East Show on A1Radio.

According to him, there was a time when the situation was much better than it is today.

“Was there a time when it wasn’t like this? Yes, when students are not confident in what they ought to say. When their language power is not strong, the ability to speak in public would also not be there. Where are the libraries? You cannot build on a bad foundation. I know he [Education Minister] is speaking with specific reference to public schools. Go to the public basic schools and find out how many of those have libraries. And if they have libraries what books are there. And if the books are there, do we have dedicated time for reading and for writing competition etc.”

He said pupils would be able to express themselves better when they are engaged in the mother language and not the English Language.

“Looking at the performance of the public basic schools, the government has no business controlling it. The poor monitoring and evaluation of the public basic schools, there’re private schools that are doing exceptionally well,” he added. 

He proffered that government should let educationists and private school managers who are doing well to be in charge of the management of public basic schools.

Source: A1radioonline.com|101.1MHz|Osuman Kaapore Tahiru|Ghana

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