According to Wikipedia “Education is the process of facilitating learning, or the acquisition of knowledge, skills , values , beliefs , and habits .
Educational methods include storytelling, discussion, teaching, training, and directed research .
Education frequently takes place under the guidance of educators, but learners may also educate themselves. Education can take place in formal or informal settings and any experience that has a formative effect on the way one thinks, feels, or acts may be considered educational.
The methodology of teaching is called pedagogy .
Education is commonly and formally divided into stages such as preschool or kindergarten , primary school, secondary school and then college , university or apprenticeship .
A right to education has been recognized by some governments, including at the global level: Article 13 of the United Nations ‘ 1966 International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights recognizes a universal right to education.
In most regions education is compulsory up to a certain age.”
Standard is explained as a level of quality or attainment or something used to as a comparative evaluation.
As a teacher and an advocate for quality education i can boldly say that Ghana’s standards of education is very low and has continued to dwindle since independence due to the reasons I’m going to discuss in this post.
Poor management of the educational sector.
Management of our educational sector in Ghana is very poor. Take a short visit to most education offices in Ghana and you will realise that the officials in charge of overseeing the implementation of education policies are not performing up to speed with standards required.
Politically influenced policies. A typical example is the four year SHS Policy which was cancelled immediately after a change of government. As a developing country we need an educational Policy which will help project our development not politically driven policies which will just project self interest of our politicians.
Inadequate funding for education
It is alarming to know that funding for education is at a very low percent. Ghana’s budget allocation for education is around 9.2 percent i stand to be corrected. However that percentage is not sufficient for a developing country which requires major resources to enhance its development.
Practical and relevant curriculum
About 90 percent of teachers and educationist will agree with me that our curriculum too liberal and lacks practicality. Copying the curriculum of other countries and imposing it on our system its highly appauling as a country. will not improve the lives of the citizens and our leaders still go for curriculum revision without taking the major interest of development and enhanced life of the ghanaian.
Inadequate logistics and resources
Inadequate logistics and basic resources in schools is affecting effective delivery of education in Ghana. Even chalk, the most common tool used by a teacher has been lacking in classrooms through out the country. How can pupils learn when teachers dont have chalk to use to teach.
I recommend the following measures as a means of dealing with the falling standards of education in Ghana.
My first antidote to cure this ailment is provision of sufficient funds for education. This will go a long way to address the problems of inadequate logistics and resources. This will also ensure effective and efficient management of the educational sector.
Another outstanding remedy to deal with the falling standards of education is having a practical and relevant curriculum which will push our national agenda.
One other solution which will stabilise our educational Policy framework is having having an educational plan for a longer period. An educational plan which can project our development to a desired point in the near future and not politically driven policies that is changed when there is a change of government.
With this few thought provoking and conscience appealing piece of literature if not a massive improvement i hope it will generate an amount of attention in the minds of well wishing Ghanaians.
If this piece of advice is heeded to by the big men i think there will be an uplift of about 60percent in our educational standards and with other outstanding interventions by the year 2020 we would have an educational system which would project the development plan of our motherland Ghana.
By: Kpodo Prince Ofori – Dodowa 0246928989