“If We Follow The New Education Policy, We'll Build Our Children Very Well” – Bright Appiah (Videos)
The Executive Director at Child Rights International, Bright Appiah says if the Ministry of Education stays focused and follows the new educational policy it has introduced, it will help build better students in the country.
According to him, although there have been lots of inconsistencies in the educational system, he is hopeful that the new policy will help improve the teaching and learning in the country.
In an exclusive interview with Thinknewsonline.com, he said “We should be hopeful, looking at the new educational strategy, it is in a certain fold which is long-life learning so we expect that everything goes head-on and we follow the same structure in terms of what we want. At a point we had 3 years, we had to go 4 years. At a point, we had to redesign the school’s system even when we introduced the JHS system, so there are a lot of inconsistencies have gone on”
He also mentioned that in 1960, the country had series of educational reforms as a result of similar inconsistencies.
“I think that everything that concerns the right to education and one of the things the Ministry must do is to communicate rightly to understand the direction the state wants to go. Once that is missing, the parent will find it difficult to understand the direction the government wants to go and it is important that engagement is established so parents can contribute their quota because, in all these policies we have, there is a role that parents must play so that communication must be there so that day-in and day-out, they can have information and contribute to the development” he said.
Speaking on the newly introduced standardized test, Mr. Appiah revealed that although his outfit is yet to probe deeper into what it entails, it is always important that students are accessed often to help know their strengths and weaknesses.
“We don’t have the details of how they are going to do the exams yet, if it comes, we will do a detailed authentication of the process to know. It is always important that we do an assessment of children to be able to know their weaknesses and then they prepared to build on it but purposes of writing the exams will be whether or not it will burden on children and all that”
He hinted that Child Rights International is patiently waiting to see how the roll-out and modalities before it engages the Ministry oh how it will benefit the children.
Executive Director and his team paid a courtesy call on the Minister of Education, Dr. Yaw Adutwum on his new appointment as Minister for Education.
In his congratulatory message, he also appealed to the Minister to help curb the religion-education brouhaha happening in second-cycle schools.
Mr. Appiah noted that no child ought to be discriminated against in his or her school.
On his part, the Minister for Education, Dr. Yaw Adutwum assured him that his Ministry will not let their guards down adding that he will ensure the country’s education becomes the envy of the world.
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Story by: Joshua Kwabena Smith