CHIEF Executive Officer (CEO) of Educate Ghana Summit, Mr Boadi William, has advised government to reconsider its ongoing move to make a French language a second official spoken language in Ghana.
According to Mr Boadi, who is a known Educationist, education is the kindling of a flame, not the filling of a vessel.
In that vein, he called on government to consider Ghanaian local dialects rather than thinking of making French an official spoken language in the country. He maintained that although making French language the second official language was a good initiative, he stressed that the emphasis should be providing quality education. Speaking in an interview with Today yesterday, Mr Boadi asserted that Ghana’s education system could not find light since 1987.
He pointed out that the country’s educational curriculum was changed from Middle School Leaving Certificate to Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE), adding that a Junior Secondary School, and its caption was later changed to Junior High School (JHS).
He argued that “Policy makers are egotistic because they don’t opt well for us. They usually do anything for doing sake and send their families abroad to acquire knowledge from a well-planned education system.”
According to him, French education was preferably awesome, simply because it helps in business transactions, administrative procedures and makes the world globally friendly though. This, he noted, certainly should not be a second language but must be part of “our subjects in our schools with the needed conditions.”
By so doing, he indicated that this will aid understanding in the teaching and learning of the proposed language. He stressed that Ghanaians should always value “our own local dialects spoken by about 26 ethnic groups in Ghana.” Considering the performance of pupils in English, he said that records from West Africa Examination Council (WAEC) and Ghana Education Service (GES) indicate that the country has a lot more to do in order to attain high quality education as a country.
“Therefore, we must bethink of our local dialects and be proud of it. That may help us to sustain our culture and value it. “Even the ideology behind English language is bad because, English language must be used to measure level of intelligence for it is just a language,” he stressed.
Candidly speaking, he indicated that Ghana has a big problem with the English language in Ghana owing to the lazy approach and unevenly distribution of the national cake.
He stated that most schools in the country lacked teaching and learning materials and that had extremely made difficult for teachers to teach language like science, social studies etc. According to Mr Boadi, these menaces have introduced examination malpractices in the exams centres in the country. He maintained that these were the reasons most university graduates can’t even speak and write good English language.
To this end, Mr Boadi stressed the urgent need for the government to ensure quality education and focus on local dialects in the country. He advised that teaching and learning materials should be equally distributed to schools, no matter the location, status, ethnic group or gender.
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