Try Ignorance

Honourable Sir/Madam,

I occasionally resort to the criticism of the Ghanaian way of life, comparing her peoples lack of simple understanding and inability to back up great ideas with the very commonest of reasons. Verily i can’t begin to think that a people trying to create a life for themselves is unable to come to the conclusion that free education is primordial and understanding its essence is absolutely infinite.

As said by Sydney J. Harris “the whole purpose of education is to turn mirrors into windows.” To teach a people to create a life for themselves and the comprehension survival in this modern life during best times or when harsh realities makes a call.

If a people are educated, they wouldn’t need one describing to them how their lives would be destroyed but through their own proper eyes would they perceive the deceit in every evil that comes their way. If it wasn’t for education, i solemnly regret to inform you probably could perceive me from far away undoubtedly listening to nature’s call on the streets of the capital city of Mother Ghana. Yea, it happens only in Africa and thats the good news.

One argument still stands, “The occurrence of the well educated to pry on the weak minded”. This is an inevitable situation i substantially believe couldn’t be eradicated unless at least seventy percent of any given population stands educated. By “educated” here i mean can read and write, basic(literacy).

The aim of education should be to teach us rather how to think, than what to think – rather to improve our minds, so as to enable us to think for ourselves, than to load the memory with thoughts of other men.  ~Bill Beattie.

In any case kind Sir/Madam, our constitution itself encourages the “progressive introduction of education”. education here meaning, all forms i.e basic, secondary and even beyond.

The Ghana Constitution states in Chapter Five: THE FUNDAMENTAL HUMAN RIGHTS AND FREEDOM

All persons shall have the right to equal educational opportunities and facilities and with a view to
achieving the full realization of that right- (a) basic education shall be free, compulsory and available to all;
(b) secondary education in its different forms, including technical and vocational education, shall be made generally available and accessible to all by every appropriate means, and in particular, by the progressive introduction of free education;
(c) high education shall be made equally accessible to all, on the basis of capacity, by every appropriate means, and in particular, by the progressive introduction of free education;
(d) functional literacy shall be encouraged or intensified as far as possible.

I’ve seen a people stuck with bread and oil for breakfast provide free education to their citizens(not only basic).

I ask kind Sir/Madam that you make available the richness of our free nation to all in all forms as described by the constitution.

As the constitution stands one for all, so do i wish we all stand for it for without it into nothingness shall we go.

Thank you.


HONOURABLE KOFI ATTOH talks about the Ghanaian educational system

An excerpt from “THE POLITICAL SEARCHLIGHT” a program on a
UK based Ghanaian radio talk show.

HOST: Do you think Ghana’s
free education is the best?

Classeroom Full of School kids

Classeroom full of School kids

Honorable Kofi Attoh:
No one can say Ghana’s education is the best. But the little we can do is to
improve upon the records and reports as it were. 

The main importance is
to “zero-in” on the rural communities. Anytime you visit a community school,
you find out they are no better on your next visit a year later. And yet we
don’t know where the problems are comes from, whether from the people,
supervision, the teaching, from parents. In fact most parents are unable to buy
exercise books prompting their children or most pupils to use a single exercise
book for six subjects.

A ghanaian school child

A ghanaian school child

Honorable Attoh reintegrated the need not to blame the
policies but rather work harder on the problems where and whenever they occur. He
stated, “Though our stagnant education
finds its roots deep within our history as far as 1950, knowing the improving
upon them in the current future is what we need to make our definitive goal

He furthermore gave
an example of cases whereby poor results were on heights but a lot of work has
been done to produce better results.  “And not only as a government but as a
people in general, we need to work hard on education,
stating the need not
to repeat ourselves if it was bad before and say it wouldn’t improve.

When asked what measures the government has in place for
academically poor but practically skilled Ghanaians, he commented on measures
like: Technical and Vocational Schools for JSS graduates. He added, the
government is placing enough computers into this after JSS institutions as well
as creating youth employment projects. He said such vocational
schools/institutions provide their student/trainees an opportunity to enter
into bigger universities after the graduate.
In his last words he finally quoted “All we need is faith”.