Saturday, May 21, 2011

Illiteracy, The New Ghanaian Emergency

It was reported on May 16th by joy FM that more than half of Ghana's primary school students can neither read nor write. The publication cites the Deputy Director General of GES, Stephen Adu who revealed that many students did not meet the education service's established minimum competency levels for primary sschool. He also noted that although access to education has been relatively high, the quality of instruction has fallen. Recent BECE (Basic Education Certificate Examination) scores makes this point clear.

Now, if more than half of our pupils are being poorly trained and our leaders don't seem to care, is the future bright for Ghana? Well, I'll remain hopeful for now; but I am waiting for a response from the government in light of this revelation. Then I will not seem like the boy who cried wolf when I start ranting.

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