May 28, 2024 12:48 am

‘Ghana’s education too bookish; integrated approach, the way to go’ – KNUTSFORD Pro Chancellor

The description of Ghana’s educational system as being too bookish has been reiterated by the Pro Chancellor of the KNUTSFORD University College. 

John Kwamena Essel, who is also founder of the school admits even though mentorship from affiliated institutions to the various university colleges have contributed immensely to their success, they’re somehow restrained when it comes to taking some major decisions.

At a one-on-one with Ghanasonline.com, Mr. Essel explained the grading framework for instance, for education in Ghana is so much concentrated on written examinations, with a little or no emphasis on the practical approach.

This, he explains, is one of the major innovations his outfit is willing to implement when the Ghana Tertiary Education Commission (GTEC) gives them the charter to run as a fully fledged university.

He was speaking on the way forward for the college after amassing two international awards from a UK-based organisation called the Global Union in Innovation Development and Education (GUIDE), under the auspices of H.E. Sheikh Eng. Salem Bin Sultan Al Qasimi in Dubai.

“Affiliation in the past and now are all good because so far as mentorship is concerned, they help you to know the roadmap. However, we are restricted by the regulations that governs us and once you’re chattered, it gives you some maximum freedom –even though GTEC has some regulations, that wouldn’t be like also having affiliation. Right now we have limitation with affiliation conditions and we are not blaming the schools for that. It’s a regulation and once you want to be part of them, you have to follow.”

“For instance when it comes to students assessment, here in Ghana we put so much on written exams. We have in mind of putting much weight also on practical projects. Hands on. Even though this is an academic institution, now we know that we are moving towards the blend of both practice and theory so we don’t make university education bookish but we make it more technical, vocational as well as the academic – research component –now we call it integrated education, where we put them all together,” Mr. Essel elaborated.

His reason for the need for an integrated education is to prepare students well to compete on the job market since “organisations do not have much time to train people again after the university.”

He explained further that, keen competition on the job market “is the reason why we are marrying professionalism and scholarship – academic –so that by the time the student leaves, at least, he doesn’t only understand the science aspect of it but the technology of it also is well appreciated” and all these he noted, would materialise when chartered.

By this, the Pro Chancellor hopes to attain academic freedom to help solve societal problems through innovation.

Source: Ghanasonline.com

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