The immediate past Vice Chancellor of the University of Ghana, Professor Ernest Aryeetey says the poor performance of the public school system in Ghana can be generally attributed to inadequate investment in schools, inadequate teacher preparation (often attributed to poor motivation and low morale), inadequate time spent in Senior High School and the inability of the public school system of governance to provide many incentives for schools to excel.
Speaking on the theme “Re-Engineering Education In Ghana….The Quest For Excellence”, at the 4th edition of “Achimota Speaks” Professor Aryeetey said in order to bridge the gap between International schools and public schools in Ghana, poor investments must be dealt with through PPP arrangement. This entails using significant private capital and some equity arrangements to solve the infrastructural challenges of many schools in Ghana. He also stated that parents also have to contribute towards maintaining the infrastructure and facilities of schools.
In order to solve the problem of poor teacher preparation, Professor Aryeetey proposed the development of a reward system tied to student performance, regular teacher upgrading and retooling and the development of performance contracts for teachers. In order to entice teachers to go to rural areas to teach, Professor Aryeetey proposed the provision of additional incentives such as housing for teachers.
Professor Aryeetey said the duration of Senior High School in Ghana is inadequate to provide students with a holistic education. He, therefore, called for the depoliticization of the duration of SHS and stressed on the need for a more engaging and challenging curriculum guided by international best practices.
Professor Ernest Aryeetey also suggested, the Ghana Education service be made more of a regulator of the school system and not a manager of the system.
“Achimota Speaks” is a monthly symposium designed to share Achimotan thoughts on various aspects of national discourse. This initiative forms part of activities to mark the 90th-anniversary celebration of Achimota School.
Report by: Desmond Kofi Tawiah.