He believes we are producing people who are good at memorization.
‘’Our educational system is only producing bookworms and memory cards, Ghanaian graduates are only good in the theory aspect and not the practical aspect of the training they received in school’’.
In as much as the theory is more important, we need to move away from it and give attention to the practical aspect.
In an interview with Tanko Abdulai Ibrahim on Showbiz Africa on Supreme Africa Radio, the scholar revealed that the inability of young graduates not been able to practice what they have learn theoretically in school is the major cause of unemployment in Ghana.
‘’Most graduates believe that as soon as they graduate from the university, the white color job is waiting for them but it is not so, if you don’t practice what you learnt in the university and the senior high school, you will always be roaming on the street without getting a job’’.
He also added that Niger has free education from primary to the university and both SHS and university students get stipends every month even though they have their own challenges.
When asked to compare our Ghanaian educational system to Niger, he said ‘’ We are doing better than other countries but we need to sit down and look at the whole scope before we can set up, because if you don’t sit down, you cannot set up, we need to sit down first, relax, loot at the terrain and see where the loopholes are, see where the strength are and do SWOT analysis of our educational system’’.
Those vocational schools that we do not give much respect to, they are doing very well than even those in the grammar sector.
‘’ We should not focus on the grammar schools only but we should invest in the vocational sector and train the young ones to be able develop on their own. He believe this initiative will reduce the employment in Ghana. “do not look down on those in the vocational sector, utilise them and shape the economy to boost trade.
He reiterated that, the double track system that the government is trying to introduce is entirely different from what AUSTRALIA, OHIO, KENYA and some other countries are practising.
“For a fact, in Hawaii, student do not focus entirely on the theoretical aspect of education but they also focus much more on the practical aspect because that is what will help you to come out with flying colors” He stated.
Source: Benedicta Yayra Tagoe