Professor George K. T. Oduro, of Educational Leadership, the University of Cape Coast (UCC), says ‘stomachs have taken the lead in the nation’s Educational system’ and thus fail to criticize wrongs in the system.
He said some educationists in the system failed to criticize or put the government on its toes when things went wrong in the educational system, probably because they were fed, and stated that that was absolutely wrong and detrimental to the nation’s upcoming generations.
“Stomachs have taken the lead in education and so people are not able to play their watchdog roles expected of them well in the educational system.
“I appeal to those in the educational ladder not to allow themselves to be used by politicians,” he said.
Prof. Oduro, also a former Pro Vice Chancellor of the UCC, in an interview said public institutions ranging from basic to tertiary lacked requisite infrastructure and resources to improve teaching and learning, a situation that sometimes resorted tertiary institutions to teaching students more of theory than practical.
These included equipment required to give students the opportunity to learn practical knowledge and hands-on-skills.
He called on the entire citizenry, government departments and agencies, private bodies, policy makers, the academia and the media to come together to assess the pros and cons in the educational system, especially in the government’s Free Senior High School policy and help government to resolve them.