A report released by the Ghana Education Service indicates that sixty -four per cent of pupils across the country cannot read and write.
The report shows an even worse performance of the pupils in numeracy.
Deputy Director General of GES , Stephen Adu told Joy News the report set out to establish the minimum competencies of the pupils as well as their proficiency levels.
He said even though the proficiency levels were relatively high, same could not be said about their ‘ minimum competencies’.
The report buttresses age -long perception about falling standards of education in the country.
The Ghana National Education Coalition believes the report must not be taken lightly.
Coordinator of the coalition , Leslie Tetteh told Joy News the country has over the years improved on the enrolment levels but has failed woefully in terms of quality of education.
“ You will notice that we are doing well; access to education is quite high but when it comes to quality,
how are people doing in literacy and numeracy these are the figures we are getting and they translate into poor BECE results , ” he said.
According to him , there have been numerous complaints about candidates of BECE who are unable to write their names which is a sad commentary of the education in Ghana .
Prof . Jophus Anamuah -Mensah, former vice chancellor of the University of Education Winneba told Joy News “the report is not strange at all. ”
According to him , it is a known secret that standards have fallen so low, saying it must be a source of worry and concern to all.
He attributed the fallen standards to the paucity of teachers in the sector.
He said to worsen the already precarious situation, the limited number of teachers are also not motivated enough to give off their best.
He also observed that the country is increasingly building educational infrastructure but there is no commensurate provision of teachers and teaching aids.
He observed that parents must be roped in, as part of efforts at improving education in the country.
He added that tertiary students must be encouraged to assist in the education of pupils in the lower levels.
Mr . Adu, who agreed in part with Prof Anamuah – Mensah , said his outfit will also consider training these tertiary students before enlisting their assistance in the education of the pupils.
He said they are also going to implement a National Assimilated Literacy Programme in which pupils will at very tender ages be introduced to their local Ghanaian languages before gradually introducing them to the English language.
He believed the problem will be arrested with the concerted efforts of stakeholders.
Story by Nathan Gadugah/Myjoyonline.com/Ghana