The Campaign Against Privatisation and Commercialization of Education (CAPCOE) citing the benefits of the Junior Secondary School (JSS) concept has said the central government should not have phased out such a system.
In an interview with the Ghana News Agency, Mr Richard Kwashie Kovey, the National Convenor for CAPCOE said the JSS concept was to produce middle-level skill training for students to help provide them with some jobs after school.
The Campaign Against Education Privatisation member explained that unlike the original concept of the Junior Secondary School which trained students with skills after school, the current concept is dependent on tertiary education.
He told GNA with the provision of workshops, labs, tools, and other skilled equipment available at the JSS schools, students were exposed to practical training instead of over-relying on grammar education, which only produced half-backed graduates.
Mr Richard Kwashie Kovey said that with such skill training, the manpower of the country would have been boosted, putting the country on par with others, such as China, which has many middle-level skilled-trained persons.
“JSS was the best reform Ghana ever had in the educational sector; as part of it, technical skills training was introduced in the Colleges of Education, and schools were provided with workshops and tools,” he added.
He expressed worry that it had been decades since schools saw the provision of skilled tools, stating that while some of the ones provided were stolen by unscrupulous community members, others also broke down without replacement.
Instead of successive governments maintaining the path, he said they rather reversed the system to grammar education, which had not helped the country, especially in job opportunities and creation for the youth.
Mr Kovey said regrettably, there were no resources to train pupils, as the concentration was rather on the Senior High Schools at the neglect of the basic schools, which are the formative years of the children.
He said even the Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) schools in Ghana, where students received hard skill training, lacked modern equipment, leading to them being trained with old and obsolete tools like hammers.