Nation's education faces challenges - Professor
Cape Coast, June 8, Ghanadot/GNA - The former
Vice-Chancellor of the University of Education, Winneba,
Prof Josephus Anamuah-Mensah, has expressed concern about
challenges facing the education system and said this has
resulted in a large number of children of school going age
not in school.
He said about 900,000 primary age children who should be in
school are not in school and that there was also an
increasing dropout rate as pupils move from primary one to
primary six resulting in low enrolments in the junior high
schools with a net enrolment rate of 53 per cent.
Prof Anamuah-Mensah said this at the 22nd graduation of St
Nicholas Seminary at Cape Coast, under the theme "Christian
Education: A Tool for National Revitalization - The Place of
Thirty people, including two women, graduated with Diploma
in Ministry and Diploma in Theology from the University of
He said participation in senior high school was very low
with a gross enrolment of 30 per cent and net enrolment of
10 per cent adding that access to technical institution had
remained static since 2001/2002 and attributed the high
dropout rates to poverty, unmotivated teachers and
unattractiveness of schools.
Prof Anamuah-Mensah said at the tertiary level the
participation rate was only six per cent but was likely to
increase to 11 per cent due to the introduction of the
diploma awarding teacher training colleges and stressed the
need to revamp Christian education to help bring about
changes in the education system.
He said with the inefficiencies in the education system, it
has created an army of uneducated, mis-educated and
partially educated people who are rendered poorer in the
society, adding that adult literacy rate was at 63 per cent
and that a vast majority of Ghanaians fail to read and write
after years of primary education.
The former Vice Chancellor said apart from academic problems
facing the nation, there were also social and ethical issues
that dominated the society.
A study conducted by Scripture Union of Ghana, indicates
that over 5,000 youth are in prison and 600 in psychiatric
hospitals, with a large number of junior high school
students into prostitution.
He said there was a rise in sexual immorality and HIV/AIDS
prevalence among the youth with occultism growing rapidly in
In 2007 14,139 girls between 10 to 19 years got pregnant in
the Western Region alone.
He appealed to theological institutes to train Christian
leaders who are intellectually and practically prepared to
spread the tenets of Christianity of love, hope and faith
through the Churches, schools and in the communities.
The Central Regional Minister, Ama Benyiwa-Doe, expressed
concern about the fact that the region was blessed with so
many schools including two universities with qualified
teachers but still performed poorly in the BECE annually.
She said most teachers ask for transfer to the region but to
abandon the classroom for their university courses.
“The situation is greatly affecting teaching and learning in
the region,” she said and called on Churches and all
stakeholders to come out with pragmatic solutions to address