THE SHS ONLINE -LEARNING IS AS DISCRIMINATORY AS THE TRADITIONAL ONE
I have finally come to conclude that, education in Ghana only favors the rich and those in the cities. I will tell you why.
Once Again The Ministry Of Education E – Learning Will Only Favour The Rich But Not The Poor, Here Is Why.
Schools in the cities and big towns have sufficient teachers, enough classrooms, texbooks, libraries and laboratories, tables and chairs, learning materials, exposure and opportunities.
On the other hand, the situation is different when you come to the villages and developing towns. One teacher handling the whole primary school, students learning under trees, students using cement blocks as tables and chairs, improvisation of stone as computer mouse and other embarrassing things you can think of.
Meanwhile, they will all sit for the same examination and be judged using the same test items regardless of individual prevailing circumstances.
Those who are fortunate to come from well to do homes, their parents help them by enrolling them in better schools, buying them textbooks and other relevant materials and also organize extra tuition for them while the other ones goes to school under trees and learn on empty stomach.
That’s just one side of the story. Let’s talk about the E learning.
Government has closed down schools in an attempt to control the spread of the deadly corona virus. In attempt to keep students still learning while locked down at home, they have managed to launched an e-learning platform called ICAMPUSGH. A very good idea but also discriminatory as the later.
Consider the number of SHS students without smartphones and or computers, the ones in villages without cellular network, the ones that can’t afford to buy internet data and the ones that were taught using stones as computer mouse. How can they also navigate this seemingly difficult interface?
Anyways, we are already in it and I don’t think we would be able to bridge the gap in a hurry but if we keep this in mind that there are people left behind, we would eventually. Also, Since we can’t wait for everyone to get what it takes before kick starting the online platform, In the meantime, let’s help our younger ones to access the platform and learn.
Together we can. I pray, hope and look forward to the day government, philanthropist, NGOs and the Telcos would intervene in their capacity to bridg this gap. This would also be a wake-up call to decriminalize the usage of phone by SHS students. God bless our homeland Ghana.
–Hon Jerry Akporhor. Educationist and Ag. secretary for educate Ghana Summit