The current mediocre situation
The critical intervention
These centers should be staffed in part by Ghanaian scientists in the Diaspora, who should be engaged on a contract that allows them to spend one month a year in Ghana to run clinics for students of science and engineering. Such clinics should be run outside the current curricula and the outside the current education management system across the country. They should be run as a special initiative that is designed to offset the intellectual and skills bankruptcy of the current educational system. Making systematic use of Ghanaian scientists in the Diaspora will help ensure that the youth of today get opportunities equivalent to those of their counterparts in industrialized countries.
The financial resources needed to create institutions of science and technologies in Ghana are currently available; the problem is that they are being misapplied. The academic facility user fees that have been paid since 1998 or so amount to huge sums of money but I daresay that the state of facilities does not reflect the monies collected to date. How can our education managers act in a manner that hurts the prospects of future generation?
Patrick Kobina Arthur (PhD),