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Exam-centric education practices threaten Ghana’s educational system – Educationist warns

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A renowned educationist, Nii Addy Armah, has expressed concerns about the detrimental impact of Ghana’s persistent reliance on examination scores, stating that it is gradually weakening the country’s educational system.

The educationist indicated that while advanced countries are moving away from an overemphasis on exam scores, Ghana remains fixated on celebrating political administrations based on the number of students scoring A’s in examinations.

The attitude, the educationist said, if not addressed, could result in a system where students are unable to fully comprehend or appreciate fundamental elements of their national identity, such as the country’s national anthem.

Speaking on A1 Radio on the sidelines of the International Day of Education, Mr. Armah explained that advanced countries have recognized the limitations of relying solely on test results to assess student capabilities.

He underscored that the shift aims to promote a more holistic approach to education, focusing on skills, critical thinking, and practical knowledge rather than rote memorization and exam preparation.

Mr. Armah urged policymakers, educators, and stakeholders in Ghana to reconsider the need for a more balanced and comprehensive approach to education that will foster critical thinking, creativity, and problem-solving skills.

He therefore called for a paradigm shift towards a system that not only values academic achievements but also places significant emphasis on developing well-rounded, globally competitive individuals capable of contributing meaningfully to society.

Source: A1radioonline.com|101.1MHz|Moses Apiah|Ghana

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