Ghana’s education system must realign itself with the current industrial revolution

Mr. John Ntim Fordjour

Mr. John Ntim Fordjour, Deputy Minister of Education, said the education system in Ghana should be redesigned and restructured to align and respond appropriately to the current industrial revolution for sustainable economic transformation.

He said Ghana needed to make a paradigm shift from the traditional form of education and embrace a more robust and digitized system that would help produce critical-minded human resources capable of fully respecting the dictates of the fourth industrial revolution and the problems of contemporary society. .

“Education is no longer just about the traditional educational system where teaching and learning is carried out in a particularly rigid way, but a system which teaches the skills required for today and the future, the skills that guarantee that people contribute significantly to nation building and transformation, ”he said.

Mr. Fordjour was speaking in Bolgatanga, in the Haut-Est region, during the 59th Annual Conference of Heads of Assisted Secondary Schools (CHASS), organized on the theme “Discipline and children’s rights in our high schools: the fate of the head of the establishment ”.

The deputy minister said research had shown that if nothing is done to change the current education system by 2030, around 825 million young people could achieve some level of education, but the skills learned may not. be relevant to stimulate and have an impact on economic growth and development. .

He said the emergence of the COVID-19 pandemic had further heightened the need for Ghana and many developing countries to adopt and invest in digitization and its related resources, as this would allow the country to compete. effectively with other countries in the education sector.

“We have come to a point where we need to reinvent our education system so if we have tried many methods in the past to achieve certain results and have continued to achieve the same results over and over, we have collectively reimagined the way we approach our education system, ”he noted. .

Mr Fordjour said that the lower secondary level has been identified as the weakest link in the education sector in Ghana, as many students admitted to upper secondary institutions had problems with literacy, reading, teaching and learning. writing and math.

In this regard, he said, the government, through the Ministry of Education, had initiated serious reforms to realign the country’s education system to focus more on training science students, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), which were the key to the country’s success. transformation program.
He said reformed policies would further identify young talent in diverse communities who would be supported by state-of-the-art facilities and a supportive environment and be enrolled in STEM schools that would allow them to harness their potential to turn the fortunes of the country.

“No country can thrive without meaningful alignment on STEM. For example, Vietnam produces 100,000 engineers per year, Singapore produces similar numbers per year, but all of those countries that have overtaken Ghana in terms of the number of engineers produced per year, with Ghana training about 6,000 per year on average , conceded that they even need to intensify and reposition their STEM education system in order to achieve the goal set for their economic development, ”he added.

The Deputy Minister therefore encouraged stakeholders in the education sector to make their contribution to ensure that the education system is repositioned to produce minds critical for the transformation of the country.

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Janice G. Ball