Democracy cannot succeed unless those who express their choice are prepared to choose wisely. The real safeguard of democracy, therefore, is education. ― Franklin D. Roosevelt
There is no doubt that Ghana is a complex nation to govern because the problems plaguing the nation are endemic; besides being wide and varied. It is fair to acknowledge that successive governments have made quite some effort, though it seems as though we have just begun the journey; looking at the distance we are yet to cover!
In less than two weeks, Ghanaians will be going to the polls to elect a president for the next four year term, and it is easy to predict that one of the three most favoured presidential candidates in Ghana’s Election 2016 will win. But a win at the polls, will not be a complete win for such a candidate until he successfully deals with the key problems facing the country; with special attention to the most critical of the problems. And what is the most critical of the problems?
The most critical factor that is affecting the performance of corporate organisations, and also hampering our development as a nation, has to do with our education; it is woefully partial in nature. Indeed, inference drawn from a study carried out by Harvard University (and similar ones carried out under the auspices of bodies such as Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching) points to it that Formal Education is able to harness up to 22 percent of people’s true effectiveness/greatness in life. The state of affairs in Ghana clearly points to this fact; particularly, the fact that our schools have consistently reported abysmal performance of majority of the pupils/students. And this reflects in the predominantly poor calibre of manpower available for hire, and generally available for developing the nation as a whole.
In his article ‘Fixing our Education – A Delightful Paradigm‘ which was published in the ‘Daily Graphic’ earlier this year, Dave argues that, “We can readily cite laziness, lack of creativity, greed and corruption or disregard for laws/regulations, etc., as the causes of our woes, but the greatest cause (and indeed, the root cause) is the prevailing formal education; it is such that, even when we are able to put in place (i) good and adequate infrastructure across the country, (ii) adequate supply of the selected teaching/learning materials/resources, (iii) adequate remuneration for teachers/educators and supervisors, and (iv) effective supervision at all the levels, (and we must ), such a system would still be harnessing just about 20 percent of the genius inside people. And that resulting calibre of manpower may still not be able to solve our developmental problems to any considerable extent.” He went on to suggest sure ways of dealing with this single most important issue; I do recommend that article. You may click here to read Dave’s full article: ‘Fixing our Education – A Delightful Paradigm‘ which was published in the ‘Daily Graphic’ earlier this year.
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