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A don of the University of Cape-Coast, Prof. Francis Amedahe, has observed that a trend of unimpressive performance in Core subjects at the West African Secondary Schools Certificate Examination (WASSCE) that has emerged is due to a number of factors, including over populated classrooms.
At a lecture held at the British Council Hall in Accra on Monday, he said the large number of students in Senior High Schools have also not been complemented with qualified professional teaching staff, compounding the problem.
He made the observation at the 66th Founder’s Day Anniversary public lecture of the Keta Secondary School (KETASCO).
The phenomenon of a highly lopsided student to teacher ratios in secondary schools, which was already a growing problem, years back, has been recently compounded by the introduction of the government’s flagship educational program, Free SHS, which creates room for every SHS student to attain education fro free.
Many critics of the policy see it as populist and haphazardly implemented, as it was launched without a guiding manual and without it even being piloted.
According Prof. Amedahe, the problem of over populated classrooms has also led to the increasing inability of teachers to complete syllabi before students are due to write the WASSCE. At both SHS and basic levels, he said, the rate of non completion of syllabi is 30%. He said it is even worse for schools in deprived communities of the country.
Prof Francis Amedahe therefore said the trend of failing students at WASSCE is a diagnosis of the fact that the students have become victims of the trend of schools’ inability to complete syllabi.
He called on the Government to come out and make it clear to Ghanaians what the Free SHS cannot provide, so Ghanaians can be clear in their minds. He also warned that the elimination of parents in the task of educating their wards is dangerous.
Meanwhile Prof. Amedahe also observed that poor attention that is paid to the teaching of the English language at the Basic Education level is having aknock-on effect at the SHS level where students now get admission into in a wholesale fashion.
Source: Whatsup News