Veteran Educationist, Ibrahim Kwaku Gyasi has debunked claims that the current educational system in Ghana is not productive.
Some Educationists and stakeholders in the sector have condemned Ghana’s education system for being too examination centered and focused on the cognitive ability of the students, which according to them has fueled the “chew and pour” practice.
However, Mr. Gyasi argues that the current system has produced several experts and professionals who are developing the country and are doing well in various fields of endeavor.
His comments comes on the back of pockets of rioting by WASSCE candidates in parts of the country, because the claim the invigilation system has made it too difficult for them the copy.
The also had issues with past questions given to them, which were totally different from the actual exams question. The student think the were made to chew particular answers based on the past questions government gave them, and they were ‘swerved’.
“I wonder why some people condemn our educational system outright – It is the same educational system that has produced media practitioners, doctors, engineers, lawyers, accountants and others – we shouldn’t condemn the system as if it has nothing to offer,” Mr. Gyasi told ABC News.
The educationist admitted that there is more room for improvement but insists that there is nothing wrong with the ‘chew and pour’ system.
Indeed, some stakeholders have suggested that the continues assessment system is a better way of awarding marks to students, because it captures the students development over the period, rather than a one time cognitive test.
But Mr. Gyasi thinks the continues assessment systems is not reliable because it yields itself to the manufacture of results by school heads.
He however added that “Whatever system is introduced to improve the situation I am all for it but the ‘chew and pour’ system has produced results so far,” he added.