Ghana and the education quagmire

Dr Corren,
I am glad u indicated which countries are currently under ebola infestation. Others just say W.Africa or Africa and leave it at that. Ghana has escaped so far. The problem is not non-existent or even lax laws but rather poor enforcement and low capacity to enforce laws. We really do not have a cultural problem. In the precolonial times African states were strong and very much capable of enforcing laws. After 19th and 20th century colonialism and the creation of artificial borders most of the post-colonial states have struggled to impose their legitimacy on their citizenry. It is a political rather than a cultural issue. Unfortunately I hear so much from white Westerners about African problems beiing cultural when it is fundamentally not so.
Most Africans know how not to be dirty. In traditional villages especially you usually don’t get away with much as you will expose yourself to fines and public ridicule. However multi-cultural cities have no means of imposing such state sponsored discipline and people are used to living under such conditions now.
Its the same thing that happened when law enforcement was lax in the West in the Victorian times. So how then is it cultural. You have societies that are transitioning from rural agrarian to urban industrialised so that is what will happen until the transition is complete.
Judging by the educational budgets of most African countries the transition will be slow and painful but I digress. Ebola has nothing to do with African culture and all to do with African politics.


The strangest thing to note about Ghanaians is that we love education. However we have an educational system which is built to create people with low self-esteem. Growing up I got to a point when I realised that it was nonsensical to train myself to pass exams when all that will eventually go down the drain in a flurry of moral failings brought on by insecurity. I find it a pity that most Ghanaian children take Guidance and Counselling for granted. The schools also do not take the time to look for qualified child psychologists to perform the role of counsellors.

Why not train scientists in Ghana in their own mother-tongues? Its possible Why not train scientists in Ghana in their own mother-tongues? Its possible

Instead if you are a married teacher with kids then that qualifies you automatically to be a Counsellor. We need more. I went through a painful process of discovering myself spiritually while others were busy chewing, pouring and…

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