Ghanaian politician and current Speaker of the Parliament of Ghana, Alban Sumana Kingsford Bagbin has referred to Ghana’s educational system as ‘ chew and pour’ implying that students are being taught how to memorize and not to be creative.
Honorable Alban Bagbin expressed worry about the situation by giving a strong concern on the educational system in the country saying it needed to be organized in a manner that encourages creativity.
Thus the inculcation of creative thinking skills should be central to education and learning programs.
Creative thinking should be infused in all subjects and disciplines
Schools should emphasize creative and innovative techniques
Honorable Alban Bagbin made his concerns on Tuesday, 1 June 2021 when the leadership of the Wisconsin University College branch of the Tertiary Students Confederacy (TESCON) called on him.
The team implored the Speaker to institute a mentorship and training program for students in the various tertiary institutions in the country.
“Unfortunately, our educational system is not too good. We mostly develop one aspect of our brains – which – is the memory. And so what they teach you is what you chew, accumulate and accommodate.
And so when they ask you a question, you try to reproduce that. Our educational system doesn’t teach many to be creative to come up with our own ideas”.
Adding to the above, Honorable Alban Bagbin addressed youth development and empowerment saying that they are very essential and both must go hand in hand.
“The youth empowerment is towards empowering you economically, spiritually, socially, educationally and the rest but the development is a different thing altogether,” he said.
“All that you learned in the classroom – your formal education – can only give you only 5% of what you will achieve as an individual. When you now convert what you learn into skills and competencies, that skills and competencies will give you 25%.”
He encouraged students to read additional books to supplement their lecture notes and to be open-minded in order to comprehend the contemporary global system’s complexity.
In his ending remarks, Honorable Alban Bagbin added that “the catalyst that will propel you to the altitude that you want to reach is attitude”.
That you have the saying that your attitude determines your altitude that is 70% and you cannot develop any better attitude when you listen to the same advice of the yesteryears.”