Telling the truth is always good and the best truth telling is to tell yourself the truth. If truth must be told education in Ghana today, has taking a turn for the worst.
Education is a caricature of its former self thanks to the clueless leadership of Dr. Yaw Adutwum. There seems to be no clear leadership, let alone coherent strategy, except cosmetic and knee jerk approach to handling issues.
The greatest asset of any society is its people and a literate society is the only way a country can take its people out of poverty, which is why I personally support the free Senior High School education, because that is the best leveler.
But in football, like in political appointments, the best players do not necessarily make good managers and countless examples abound in the world of football, one person that needs mention is the late Diego Amando Maradona, in his playing days, he was widely regarded as one of the greatest players of all time, but as a joke he flunked.
History is replete with examples of individuals, who have failed to live up to expectation in their chosen filed when put to the test.
When you are walking in someone else's shadow, it is always easy to shine; after all, uneasy it is said, is the head that carries the crown. The buck does not stop with you, and you are not expected to take any serious decisions and even if you do and they are fallouts, you will not be held responsible.
So from 2017 to 2020, Dr. Yaw Adudwum as a deputy minister of Education, was the toast of many Ghanaians, he was rumored to be the one doing all the work, while his boss, Dr. Mathew Opoku Prempeh was taken the credit.
Up to this moment, the finest hours of the ministry, was with him as deputy, now that, the baton was handed over to him, the cracks are beginning to show and the myth is beginning to peel off, Ghanaians are getting to know that, he is not a good manager, as we were made to believe.
Although, he is an educationist, he lacks better understanding of the sector. He has tried, albeit unsuccessfully to impose his foreign ideas on the way education in Ghana should be run.
They are so many ways to kill a Cat, Ghana needs not go the way of foreign education to achieve the same results. Teaching and learning has no straight jacket approach, we do not have the resources and the manpower to impose on the students hook, line and sinker, how teaching and learning is applied elsewhere.
To jump the queue and put the Cart before the Horse, is the quickest way of destroying education in Ghana.
Dr. Adutwum in the next four years, has a herculean task to repeat the feat of Dr. Mathew Opoku Prempeh. Under his boss, there was no a single strike by any of the teacher unions.
The free Senior High School under the leadership of Napo, was launched seamlessly, he put his best foot forward and work tirelessly in the four years he was at the helm of affairs to ensure the best for education in this country.
The grumbling after the exit of Napo, at the ministry is getting loud; the shoe he left behind is too big for Dr. Adutwum,
Dr. Mathew Opoku Prempeh, with the way events are unfolding, is a better leader by a long stretch.
The appointment of Dr. Adutwum to succeed Dr. Oppku Prempeh, as minister of education, highlights Akufo-Addo's betrayal of his avowed commitment to lead Ghana education by a new paradigm.
He could be competent, but he is not the best fit for the position. Ghana has abundance of human resource, why the president will limit himself, is something I do not understand.
The minister, who is suffering from superiority complex, thinks the best legacy he could leave as education minister, is to have his portrait and that of the president hanged in the office of heads of schools.
According to him, this will help the students and pupils to familiarise themselves with the faces of the President and minister.
The good works of the president and the minister, will be enough to create a lasting memory not only in the minds of the students but Ghanaians, as well. Today, every child knows who Dr. kwame Nkrumah is, without seeing his picture.
This suggestion is a waste of scarce resources, when textbooks for effective teaching and learning are not available, although a new syllable has been introduced, who in his right mind, will be thinking about hanging his picture in offices, maybe he sees himself now as Jesus Christ.
I wish to remind Dr. Adutwum that leadership is an attitude not a position or title.
Going by his background, as an educationist, many had expected Dr. Adutwum to at least start on a good note, continue from where his predecessors left off. He has disappointed that expectation and it is not surprise that, things are heading in the wrong direction.
A fortnight ago, the President of the Conference of Heads of Assisted Senior High Schools (CHASS) Alhaji Yakub Abubarkar, has stated that the decision to postpone the reopening date for SHS 3 students by the Ghana Education Service (GES) was due to lack of furniture and other logistics to facilitate effective teaching and learning.
Only last week, they were media reports of how eggs that used to be served students in SHS, has been replaced with mackerel imported from China, a situation that, has led to the low demand for eggs, thereby impoverishing our farmers.
Again, the minister was quoted last week for saying, parents who are ready, willing and able to pay for the wards school fees, should go ahead and do so. This call goes against the policy of free SHS.
I think Dr. Adutwum, will make more sense when he stops talking.
Source: Abdul Razak Bawa