Pro-Vice Chancellor of the University for Development Studies (UDS) Prof. Seidu Alhassan has attributed the poor performance of the education sector in the northern region to corruption, inadequate educational facilities, and unqualified or unprofessional teachers.
He has also attributed it to the attitude of the citizenry towards free ‘things’ adding, that government’s Free Senior High School programme must be taken seriously by both children and parents. Free things, he noted, sometimes do not help the country because most people put less value on them.
Government, he said, is doing all it can to provide free and quality education for every child in the country but advised children to sit up and double their efforts to be able to protect the country in future. The Professor further indicated that the future of the country will be in limbo if students don’t take their studies seriously. He said education is important in Northern Ghana and can be achieved with the support of the mass media.
According to him, without education you cannot explore new ideas which means you will not be able to develop the world because without ideas there is no creativity and without creativity there is no development. He added that education is the tool which provides people with knowledge, skills, techniques, and information and enables them to know their rights and duties towards their family, society, and obviously the nation. "Education develops the capabilities to fight the injustice, violence, corruption and other factors,’’ he said.
The mass media, according to him, is essential for the country’s development but advised the youth to be careful with the type of information they search from the mass media in order not to go astray. Parents, he said, have a responsibility in guiding their wards especially on social media.
BY: LILIAN D. WALTER