The Director of Studies and Head Integrated Science Department, Achimota School, Mr. Nii Adjetey Adjei has opined that arts and music are currently driving Ghana’s economy.
He says we should find ways in investing in technical and vocational education since we have children with special skills, that need to be nurtured.
He made the comments on Listen, an adolescent programme on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm.
He believes we should not just focus on the reading subjects by treating children with special skills with contempt.
He wants Ghanaians to appreciate the skills of their children and stop limiting them to only reading subjects.
He explained that children are forced to concentrate on some subjects even when their strengths are in the arts, technical and vocational skills.
He was contributing to a discussion on learning disabilities in adolescents and how to resolve.
He called for a flexible le educational system with counselling centres in our schools to help address the needs of our children adding, ”when we do this, our country will move forward”.
He said we have to decouple examination tension from the old system, stop the terminal exams, focus on technical and vocational aspect of our system.
”There are children with learning disabilities but strong technically. But in Ghana, when you study technical skills, you are seen as a weak student, he added.
Mr. Adjetey Adjei further argued that people with technical background explore several people to work for them, and as a country, we must push such people.
In Ghana today, digital experts are from the various visual arts and industrial arts department from our technical schools.
To him, Ghana will not be suffering if we invest in technical and vocational education.
On his part, Mr. Richard O. OPoku added children with learning disabilities have special skills that parents must identify and nurture.
He said such children have difficulties in reading and writing but have exceptional skills in fixing things.