Mr. Oko Nerquaye-Tetteh, management consultant, Efford Educational Consult, called for a wide range of educational reforms in the areas of curriculum instruction, assessment, teaching and learning in order to better prepare students for the higher demands of life.
He said the 21st century places higher demands on society, which through education and technological advancement, all students around the world can compete at the same level.
He called on the country’s education officials to invest in educating young people with the technological and scientific skills needed to create a more inclusive, cohesive and productive world.
Mr. Nerquaye-Tetteh said during the 49th speech, the awards ceremony and the graduation ceremony of the Tema Parents’ Association (TEPAS) school, which had the theme: “To evolve with time : the role of technology in 21st century education “.
He therefore instructed “parents, guardians, students and educational entities to consider progressive educational reforms to prepare the Ghanaian child for the task ahead, technology has narrowed the educational gap, we must take advantage and prepare our students “.
He warned that even though some students abuse the Internet, this should not prevent us from accessing it, “we cannot deny our future leaders the ability to use technology simply on the basis that some of they abused it “.
Mr Nerquaye-Tetteh also urged students to be citizens of the world, innovative and creative, with technological skills and interpersonal skills.
Ms. Eleanor Kakra Barnes-Botchway, magistrate at Kaneshie District Court, urged students to study hard and take advantage of technology in the education sector.
She also encouraged them to study hard and that God should be their daily mantle with which they walk.
She also noted that children should have access to centers of teaching and learning as well as collaborative and collective efforts to preserve our cultural and moral values as a people and nation.
Ms Barnes-Botchway said teachers and facilitators need to be sufficiently prepared to adapt to the use of modern technology to support students during instruction.
Mr. Adjetey Sowah Sylvanus, deputy director of the Tema Parents Association (TEPAS), said the technology had been of great help during the COVID-19 pandemic.
He stressed that the school could still teach while using laptops, computers and the internet, especially during the lockdown period.
Mr Sowah urged children to devote all of their energy to learning with computers and developing necessary technical skills rather than using their laptops for games and movies.