Textbooks for Basic Schools absent but SHS got 400k “Past Questions” The question a section of teachers, and other stakeholders are asking is…Has the government prioritized passing examination over true holistic education in Ghana?
Basic Schools Have no Textbooks but GES Spends About 35 Billion to Buy 400K “Past Questions” for SHS.
1. Currently, Basic Schools in Ghana, from KG to class 6, do not have textbooks to study. Actually, they don’t even have an approved syllabus/curriculum from which teachers can teach. They are depending on the temporary Resource Pack given them. However, the government has spent about 35 Billion Cedis to purchase “Past Questions” (not textbooks) for SHS students. This is an upfront insult to basic school students and their teachers!
2. NPP Government is promoting “an exam centered” educational system. In the 21st century when countries in the world are building well-advanced I.C.T Labs, modern Science labs, Vocational and Technical Workshops, new Agricultural technologies, etc, the Government of Ghana is buying “Past Questions” for students. What kind of future leaders are we building and how can they meet the demands of the growing world with ‘past questions’.
3. When did “Past Questions” take the place of textbooks? Past questions are supposed to be used as complementary materials to textbooks and classroom lessons. They are not to take the place of textbooks. Why is the process overturned now? the government must not be seen to be endorsing the “chew-pour-forget” concept but unfortunately, that’s exactly what we are seeing.
4. What is the role of the teacher in this “Past Questions” concept? It is unfortunate that many education policies treat teachers as though they were irrelevant. Students alone cannot use and wholly understand test questions without the support of a highly motivated teacher. What orientation have teachers been given? Are they to use the questions as part of classroom discussion? What motivation is given to the Ghanaian teacher to do his work?
5. WASSCE 2020 has already lost credibility? Why would the country use about 35Billion tax payers’ money to purchase past questions? Has WAEC hinted anyone that they will repeat these questions? Or is the government going to “order” WAEC to set questions from the past questions? Past questions are good but when a country invests about 35Billion in it, issues of credibility become a concern.
6. We are destroying this country and that must stop NOW. the politicization of every aspect of the country is getting nauseating and annoying. The politicians should leave the running of crucial sectors of the economy to technocrats. You are considering making Grade D7 an accepted grade for tertiary admission and now, past questions. Is the Free SHS policy and its subsequent policies like Double track, no cut-off grade for BECE posting, etc already sending fears to certain people