Some parents blame their children for not performing in academics and these children blame teachers for not teaching well. These teachers then blame government for inadequate learning facilities and material in their respective schools. The world is moving at a fast pace into a more powerful era of technology and as a country, we are lagging behind. Students graduate without any skill to create jobs for themselves but rather wait on the government to provide job opportunities for them and when the government fails to do so, they become unemployed and dependent on their parents
Funny and sad how school children learn science without seeing a beaker with their naked eyes yet, they are taught of its functions and how it’s being used. I must ask; how can one just know the uses of an object without seeing it physically but only pictures of it in books. To be honest, this approach towards studying and learning is really stressful for students especially for those in the government schools where there are little infrastructure and learning materials. Hence, if one is unfortunate to find him or herself in a private school which does its best to provide the needed facilities and learning materials for its students, then the person in question lags behind.
As a student I must say; much focus is being placed on the ability of students to memorize theories propounded by scholars and less on practical. Engineering students graduate and do not even know how to create an electric bulb. Obviously, majority of machines in the country is being imported yet, there are graduates who specialized in engineering and even more students are being recruited in the tertiary institution to study engineering. These students graduate without using their potentials to help the country yet, they are proud to say they are engineers.
Sometimes, it’s sad and heartbreaking how the mass media doesn’t echo the little efforts some students put in place to produce artifacts thus, their efforts go waste and even if they are heard of, authorities in charge of state affairs do not get in contact to utilize the abilities of these students and build up their ideas for the benefit of the country.
Reforms are needed in the cycle of education. Authorities directing the affairs of our education must put in more efforts to promote the practical aspect of teaching and learning which will help students to understand the theoretical aspect of what they are being taught to boost their intelligence and creativity.
New subjects beneficial to the development of the student must be enrolled and outmoded ones removed while the others which need remodeling attended to.
Provision of learning facilities must be provided and existing ones improved. School laboratories such as the science and ICT labs must be stocked with the needed equipment for the student to utilize and explore.
Maintenance culture must be highly observed by school stakeholders when these facilities and equipment are mentioned so as to preserve them without being destroyed within the shortest possible time as it may be the case in various educational institutes. Road trips should be encouraged to enhance student’s learning and understanding abilities.
School must be fun and attractive enough to increase the zeal and interest of people especially children at the Primary level and the Junior High level. Let’s not watch other countries develop their human resources while we fall short.
Peter the Great traveled to Western Europe; learned their ways and implemented them during his reign in Russia. He did this not to change the traditions of his kingdom nor impose foreign lifestyle on the people but to make Russia a great nation that will be powerful and be able to compete with other great nations. In doing this he embarked on many reforms which included sending students outside the boarders of Russia to learn and gain new experience thus upon their return, they use their newly acquired skills and knowledge to serve their nation to make life better.
Let’s not be scared of change but rather, embrace it and utilize it to better our lives.
Afua Aprakuwa Boafo
Communication Studies Student, University Of Cape Coast, Ghana.
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