Ghana’s highly politicized education system – Nii Armah Addy
Pedagogue and management expert, Nii Armah Addy expressed his dissatisfaction with the politicization of the Ghanaian education system.
According to him, the drop in the percentage of results on the West African Secondary School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) 2021 compared to the results of 2020 shows that the country is not making progress in the education system.
“There is a huge policy going on in our education system, especially with Free Senior High School. I mean last year our president Her Excellency Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo was jubilant and said that the graduates of Nana Addo are better. Some said it was because it was an election year, so something should be done to make the government look good. “
“But just a year after the percentage went down, which tells you that we are not progressing as a country, we are not making continuous progress because, if last year we got say 60%, this year we we expect to exceed 60%. But if the percentage this year is lower than it is and probably we will wait until 2024 when we move on to another election year and mark my point well that day, you will see another percentage increase pass. wrong or misplaced if we say education is politicized and you expect us to say we need to do better. So yes, and without missing a beat, I can say our education system is highly politicized, ”he said.
In addition, Nii Armah Addy called on the government to empower the National Education Planning Committee to be effective in depoliticizing the education system.
“We can depoliticize our education by calling for the National Education Planning Committee to be very effective and accountable so that when we have a policy that we think is very good to work for the country, it is subject to planning. national development so that it does not change with the political office change. We don’t have to disrupt our education with politics, so we should take the hands of politicians away and turn them over to neutral people. People committed to the development of our education “.
“Their work would be monitored and carefully evaluated. As parents and school administration, we have a role to play. free to talk about the development of the country rather than the fear of being victimized and of course that is what it is, ”he recommended.
Nii Armah Addy added that Nigeria does better than Ghana on the West African Secondary School Certificate Exam (WASSCE).
“Sir. Salamat made a very good observation and supported his point with statistics and with the collaboration of the Executive Director of African Education Watch, Mr. Kofi Asare, so yes, they are correct in that measure. right in so far as they have statistics to support their claim “.
“Due to the Covid situation I think other countries are withdrawing from exams, not sure if this is what it is, but yes Nigeria is doing better than us in the past three years , which means there might be something they are doing that we are not doing, which is why we have to look at it, ”he said.