Professor Emeritus of the Ashesi Unversity, Stephen Adei has reportedly said Ghanaian teachers in government basic schools are “criminals” because they do not teach as they should yet they receive monthly salaries and take their children to private schools.
The Professor Emeritus added that the unaccepted behaviors of the teachers are duly affecting the quality of education particularly at the primary level.
He made this comment responding to detractors who argue that the government’s double-track system will negatively affect the quality of education at the high school level, Prof Adei in an interview with Benjamin Akakpo on Class 91.3FM’S Executive Breakfast Show stated that: “Quality issues have nothing to do with the double-track system rather quality issues always recline in our basic education”.
“Eight percent of Ghanaian children attend government basic schools, and if you go there, many of the teachers are pure criminals. They don’t teach as they are supposed to and the worst is such teachers receive more than GHC 1,000 as monthly salary to teach in the government schools send their children to private basic schools where the teachers are secondary school leavers.
Directly, they mean that we will not teach and we’ll send our children to be taught by untrained secondary school failures. Why? Because, there, their children will pass and go to secondary school”, Prof Adei acclaimed.
In his view, the answer to Ghana’s education malice “lies in ensuring that public schools teach under strict supervision. At this point, even teacher training is not the most important thing but the supervision and making them accountable and that if they don’t teach, they will be laid off without a dime, by so doing you can improve the quality of basic education, at least, four times and once you produce better basic education graduates, immediately, you’ve improved secondary school.”
According to the former Director-General and Rector of GIMPA, Ghana has the worst basic education system in terms of quality and output worldwide. The Professor comparing Ghana and Togo said that when you go to Togo, every child who has been in school for two years can read but in Ghana government basic schools especially (Class Two) you will not get one out of 10 pupils who can read.
He bragged that I, Stephen Adei, can teach a child to read in the course of three months as long as he or she is five years old…”
The popular Professor Emeritus has taught economics at both University of Ghana and the University of Sydney, and undertaken several consultancy assignments.