So the state removal of funding to the academic institutions mean all these structures are going to be getting their support from the same bodies that are funding the postgraduate students and their lectures which translate into determining whether these institutions will continue to exist at all or not. In fact we ended up with a channel of research work ending up in the hand of foreign bodies that pay for them.
Imagine the loyalty of a postgraduate student to his/her unknown benevolent spirit who is getting an
additional basic of £500 pocket money after all his/her educational cost had been paid? Imagine such
person being invited with all expenses paid to visit another college or research facilities in the
developed nations at interval through which the funding is being facilitated? Furthermore, imagine
a person with a doctorate degree just because of his/her loyalty to the funding body than his/her real
academic capabilities? Imagine such individual then getting about £900 every month in addition to as
little as £300 that the state of Ghana is able to squeeze out? Imagine the hope being nursed by the
poor doctor to achieve his/her professorship status mostly facilitated or awarded by the benevolent
external body? Imagine the fate of our children when it is a fact that the academic titles awarded by
Ghanaian or any African academic community are not recognizable by non-African institution? Does this
explains why our children pride themselves in the titles obtain out of the continent than those within
the continent? Finally, imagine a professor who is on a basic of £500 per month from the Ghanaian
government but having to have this topped up with £2,000 per month by the benevolent external body?
The above more than anything else explains and justify the irrational and abnormal behaviour of our academic "professors and doctors" that abound a country without electricity, water and simply social amenities. It is very uncommon these days to hear a Ghanaian academic doctorate degree holder justifying why Ghana has to go to the Americans, Europeans or the Chinese for loan to build a public toilet. It is also not uncommon to have a Ghanaian intellectual priding himself on the knowledge of all sorts of modern endeavours while the individual himself spend his last days hoping for solution in churches or shrines to ailments, where quark men/women of God pride themselves as saviours.
So as we deepen our mourning of President Atta Mills, we should also be thankful to our common fate in not having to announce to the rest of the world that our president who is also a professor of law died in a spiritual shrine in the ghetto of Lagos, Nigeria. If a whole professor of law had died in a synagogue than a hospital for whatever reason, one then would have start questioning what exactly does education mean to us? If the whole of ECOWAS exist without a law to regulate how things should be done by ECOWAS citizens, as it is in the case of the EU with developed regional laws for all member states and their citizens, then are we sure a single professor of law within ECOWAS is worthy of his/her salt?
Remembering the saying, "he who pays the piper determines the tune" explained how academicians of all levels
ended up being trained and titles awarded to them with noting basically to show for it. The legitimized external
pay masters then became the official partners of our nation in the development of our intellectuals and
professionals who are working to earn their academic status as determined by others than our own tax payers.
The dreams of our fathers of training our own children into inventors of industrial machines that shall be
allowing us to replace the colonial master, who for some time has been hiding behind our inability to do
these ourselves to freely exploit us, then, become the duty of our colonial masters. Giving the devil our
most important problems to solve!
I believe African people become to understand type the education system they got. Ali Kofi's article is illustrated why African intellectuals can't develop pratical things but they are good in theori because it's colonial education system planted in African minds and culture.
Today in Africa for you to be considered an intellectual you must dress, speak even behave like our former colonial masters. If you black and studied in Western countries you're better than African back home. Our former masters still controling us but mentally may be not phisically.
Africa still unable to create its own engineers and scientist who are able to create pratical materials to help African because of colonial education system that Africa are under at moment. African intellectuals are to blame just like African politicien. They're like free slaves!
Thank you, Ali Kofi for your article that it illustrated that we need to change our education system in Africa if we want to progress. If not we'll stay in same position that all Black people and African are at moment that it was created by white people 400 years ago.Feel inferior toward white
Dear, Ali, I Partially agree with your analysis.In most African countries the professionals like prof. and Drs are kept away from administration activities since gun holders always come to the power. The political power is widely held by rebel militants in African countries.
I continue. There are no well developed facilities in African universities to solve the specific problem of their societies. This obligate them to work and live in West and USA.Thus, the major problem to African society is that the political administration is held by illiterate rebel forces.
because of the corruption within our African Governments. mainly they better they own family sending they childrens to the Universities within the country or outside the country, even if those children haven't gain good grade and liveout the kids with better grade who really want futher their educat
people who want to further their education they don't get a chance. that is the reason why we don't have our very own engineers, doctors, scientist, lawyers etc. African government need to work togther to developed the african continent. i know their are people outhere with skills to do something.
I know young people from Africa are frustrated by seeing others developed nations comparing to our nations.We Africans we are not poor but our leaders minds are poor.Most of the leaders we had on 60s right after independence are 1000 times better than what we have now, elected or non no difference!
Please give us more room so we can share our thought, the characters you are offering us are very short. We are on 21 century with abundant of tech bandwidth why your site is too limited like this
other thing is thats africa adopt all the methods of overseas countries and forgot thats they dont have the resouces to implement it to the learners.....we must do what is in our power to do, not to copy
often times we have people write to critices others but when given the same chance they fall below expectation. Kofi I share ur pains but it is vital to look beyond the individual ruler to our general contribution. How well are we doing on that . That is a crucial issue
Colonial education never made Africans to think for themselves and their people besides serving foreign interests, a fool only lets his/her enermy educate their children. It is the case of Africa ever since, many Africans have read thousands of Academic pages, all that is to memorize, many Africans cannot write their own history, it's written for them by their previous colonial powers.
Kofi, I agree with you. We have a lot of Unis in Gh, yet virtually nothing practical comes out of them. KNUST has thousands of students who use the toilet and generate tons of biodegradable waste every day, yet they cant create a biogas digester to give them power and fertilizer, and they sleep in the dark when lights are out. And we call this a University of Science and Technology. What tech?