The acting dean of the Faculty of Business Administration of the Pentecost University College, Prof. Stephen Adei has said, without adding “one pesewa”, Ghana can “totally change” its inefficient primary school system and produce “functionally literate children” – in one year.
He was speaking in an interview after delivering a lecture for graduate students of the Pentecost University College at the KAMA conference center last Friday.
He said the biggest problem confronting Ghana’s education system is that it does not produce "functionally literate children”.
“The teachers don’t teach, the head teachers do not have authority over them, they do less than 40% contact hours... they do nothing”, he charged.
This situation, he said, contrasted starkly with the situation in Rwanda where “every Rwandan child after spending 6 years in basic school was totally literate”.
He said the problem has resulted due to the monopoly the Ghana Education Service (GES) has over the management of public basic schools.
“All that we have to do is break this GES monopoly and say from now on the head teacher in the primary school is autonomous. He has the right to discipline, to fire and do what must be done”.
An independent management of basic schools by head teachers is therefore the remedy to the poor standards of education, he believed.
Prof. Adei added that a manager is normally “compensated three times” than the next worker but this is not the case of the Ghanaian head teacher.
He advised that head teachers “should get about 50% higher salary than the ordinary teacher”.
“ At this moment the head teacher has only GHC 20 more”, he revealed. And said the problem of unemployment and low literary skills across the tertiary institutions could be traced to poor management of basic schools in Ghana.
The former Rector of the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA) said teaching children ten subjects is unacceptable.
In his view, teaching children to become competent in numeracy and literary skills is enough for them to learn anything at the Senior High School (SHS) level.
“When children become literate by 12-years, there is almost nothing they cannot do” he said.